Rosy – trip to the UN gave me a voice

Our-storiesRosy, a BrownielLeader from Edinburgh, went to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York with Girlguiding members from across the world.

At the meeting, she spoke out about the need to eliminate violence against girls and young women.

“I joined the Rainbows as a shy five-year-old. Fast forward a few years to 2013, and there I was attending the UN to push for global recognition of girls’ rights.

“I felt it was really important to be the voice of the ten million girls and women in guiding around the world, so I was determined to ask the first question at every session.

“I learned that if organisations like ours don’t shout loud enough, the rights of girls and young women will be forgotten or ignored.

“I also spoke at an event about teen dating violence and met with government officials.”

Back in the UK, Rosy couldn’t stop thinking about what she had seen and heard.

“I realised this was what I was meant to be doing, so I resigned from my job to find one where I could speak up for the rights of young people.

“I now organise events and campaigns for the Scottish Youth Parliament – I would never have found the confidence before.”

And it’s influenced the way she works with her young Girlguiding Scotland members too.

“I’ve been a Brownie leader for ten years and every week my girls surprise and inspire me.

“After what I learned at the UN, I want to encourage my girls to make their voices heard.

“This means empowering them to be the incredible and inspiring individuals we all know they can be.”