Girlguiding Scotland celebrates Democracy Day

More MSPs must put girls and young women’s issues at the heart of their election campaigning, says Girlguiding Scotland this Democracy Day (20 January 2015).

Girlguiding Scotland is backing Girlguiding’s Girls Matter campaign calling on politicians to help create a more equal society for girls by pledging to implement eight calls for change.

Several MSPs, including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, have already committed to tackling sexism and making life fairer for girls by taking the Girls Matter pledge but Girlguiding Scotland is urging more MSPs to pledge their support as election campaigning gets underway.

Hannah Brisbane, 17, a Girlguiding Scotland member from Drymen who’s backing Girls Matter, said: “For too long young people haven’t seemed to care about politics and in many ways politics hasn’t cared about young people.

“In Scotland I think that’s changing and I hope to see more young people than ever before voting this May throughout the UK.

“It’s so important politicians listen to young people’s voices.

“It’s been incredible seeing so many MSPs, including Nicola Sturgeon, get involved with our Girls Matter campaign so far, but I’d still love to see even more pledge their support!”

Girlguiding Scotland’s Chief Executive, Denise Spence, said: “As the leading charity for girls and young women in Scotland we believe we believe every girl has the right to grow up in a safe and equal society.

“That’s why we’re calling on all politicians north of the border to listen to young women and sign the Girls Matter pledge.”