Forth Valley teen urges young women to vote on 7 May

A Girlguiding Scotland member from Forth Valley is championing the voice of girls as she prepares to vote for the very first time in a General Election.

Hannah Brisbane, 18, is one of 10,000 young women in guiding who will be voting for the first time in a General Election on 7 May 2015.

Hannah, a member of the 1st Drymen Senior Section group, wants the next Government to take action for girls and young women by supporting Girlguiding’s Girls Matter campaign.

Ahead of the General Election, Girlguiding members have launched a cross-party campaign, Girls Matter, calling on politicians to help create a more equal society for girls by pledging to implement eight calls for change.

A number of MSPs, including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, have backed the Girls Matter campaign, and a motion about it has received cross-party support in the Scottish Parliament.

Hannah, said: “I want to see equal pay for men and women.

“I’d also like to see good representation of women in parliament and throughout society.”

Hannah is also urging all girls eligible to vote in this year’s General Election to make sure there are voices heard. In the 2010 General Election more than nine million women didn’t use their vote.

Hannah added: “Politics affects our lives every day.

“This is our chance to have our say and hold our representatives to account! It takes so little effort and our vote really does matter.”

Hannah is a member of Girlguiding Scotland, the leading charity for girls and young women in Scotland. Active in communities all over Scotland, guiding provides a safe, girl-only space for young women to try new things, grow in confidence and speak out on issues they care about.

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Notes to editor:

  1. For a photo of Hannah or to arrange an interview please contact Girlguiding Scotland’s press office on 0131 226 4511.
  2. For more information about Girlguiding’s Girls Matter campaign, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk/girlsmatter.
  3. Girlguiding’s Girls Matter Policy Asks
    • Listen to girls and young women, take them seriously and make sure their voices count.
    • Demand schools take a zero tolerance approach to sexual bullying and harassment.
    • Call on all schools to teach body confidence and gender equality.
    • Make girls’ rights a priority in the UK’s approach to international development.
    • Stop children’s exposure to harmful sexualised content in mainstream media.
    • Empower girls and young women to speak out and be heard on the impact of media sexism and stereotyping.
    • Modernise sex and relationships education so all young people can make informed decisions and stay safe.
    • Guarantee that women will be equally represented in parliament.
  4. Girlguiding Scotland is Scotland’s leading charity for girls and young women with more than 60,000 members. We are part of a worldwide movement which enables girls and young women to fulfil their potential and take an active and responsible role in society. Girlguiding opens up a world of exciting opportunities for girls and young women across Scotland. Girls can take part in a wide range of activities from adventure sports to camps, international trips, science projects and community action. Find out more @GirlguidingScot, www.facebook.com/GirlguidingScot or www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk.
  5. Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with 553,633 members. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. We run Rainbows (5–7 years), Brownies (7–10 years), Guides (10–14 years) and The Senior Section (14–25 years). Registered Charity No. 306016. www.girlguiding.org.uk.