Local MSP Linda Fabiano tell East Kilbride Girlguiding members to reach for the stars

A group of young Girlguiding Scotland members got some advice from the top when local MSP Linda Fabiani came along to their meeting to talk to them about empowering young women to play a full part in their country’s democracy and raising their aspirations.

Linda Fabiani MSP joined the Westwood, East Kilbride, Guide and Senior Section groups to hear about Girlguiding’s Girls Matter campaign and to chat to the girls about the issues facing girls and young women at their meeting yesterday (Thursday 23 March 2015).

Ms Fabiani has put her name to Girlguiding’s Girls Matter campaign calling on politicians to listen to girls in the run up to the General Election in May. The campaign, which has received cross-party support after a motion backing it was put to the Scottish Parliament in December 2014, calls on politicians to help create a more equal society for girls by pledging to implement eight calls for change.
These include a guarantee that women will be equally represented in parliament, for schools to teach body confidence and gender equality and for girls’ rights to be made an international development priority.

During their meeting, the girls and young women had the chance to talk to their local MSP about issues they care about and Girls Matter.

Maddison Hutchison, 12, Guide, said: “It’s was really inspiring having Linda Fabiani come along to talk to us about being an MSP – I loved it.

“It was very interesting and Linda explained politics better than anyone else has so far – I now understand how the Scottish and Westminster parliaments work.”

Linda Fabiani said: “I enjoyed my visit to Westwood and District Guides in East Kilbride immensely. Such a treat to talk about with them about Scotland’s Parliament and how it affects their lives. I fully support the ‘Girls Matter’ campaign, and we had some really interesting discussions about some of the issues which it covers.

“Young people will be voters of the future, so it is crucial they engage fully in decisions that will have an impact on their lives. Young women in particular have to know that it is their right to play a full part in their country’s democracy and to be treated with respect at all times.

“I wish all the Girl Guides in East Kilbride and others across the country the very best with the ‘Girls Matter’ campaign – if the Westwood and District girls are typical, then they certainly have the drive and determination to succeed!”

Lesley Stewart, Leader with the Westwood Guide group said: “Meeting Linda Fabiani MSP was a really great experience for the girls.

“The girls’ questions were answered in a light but informative manner that kept us all interested and keen to ask more.

“Our topic of ’empowering young women’ was discussed from many angles including jobs and equality and Linda Fabiani made our Guides feel confident and at ease enough to take part in the evening.”