We’re passionate about making sure our members have the opportunity to use their voice and take action on the issues they care about. Find our more about how we’re doing this through Speak Out and our Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament.
As part of the Year of Young People in 2018 we launched Speak Out, Girlguiding Scotland’s youth voice, which helps influence the direction of our advocacy work. Speak Out is girl-led and provides a platform for members to use their voices, make sure their views are heard and seek change at the highest levels.
Speak Out is a forum for Girlguiding Scotland members to share their views on the issues that matter to them. Speak Out events are a great way to try new activities, gain new skills and to influence the advocacy work in Scotland.
We want all young people to get engaged with the democratic process and be empowered to speak out about issues they care about. We have two young members who represent us at the Scottish Youth Parliament (also known as MSYPs).
I’m really excited to be continuing on as one of the MSYPs for Girlguiding Scotland, getting to represent young members! Over the last three years as a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, I’ve been able to pass policy on sexual harassment on public transport and single-use plastics. As a trustee within the Scottish Youth Parliament I’ve also been able to take part in lots of cool opportunities such as speaking to the Uzbekistan Parliament and giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament.
I’m looking forward to continuing to be involved in the incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and advocating for the rights of young people, specifically girls and young women.
I’m super excited to be one of the new Girlguiding Scotland MSYPs. I’ve been a part of Girlguiding since I joined Rainbows and now I’m in Rangers working towards gaining my young leader qualification. I’m also a student in my fourth year of High School.
I feel passionately about teaching young girls how to use their voices and giving them the confidence they need to speak out on matters close to them. I plan on being able to speak on the importance of young girls’ mental health as well as work to remove the stigma around speaking out in certain circumstances such as feeling unsafe in your environment and the gender inequality girls still face today.