Support for votes at 16 welcomed by Girlguiding Scotland

Girlguiding Scotland welcomes today’s news (Wednesday 20 May 2015) that the Scottish Parliament’s Devolution (Further Powers) Committee has given its support to the general principles of the Scottish Election Bill which will allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election.

Sue Walker, Girlguiding Scotland’s Chief Commissioner, said: “As the leading charity for girls and young women in Scotland we work hard to encourage our members to play an active role in their communities and in our democracy.

“Young women across the country show us time and time again that they are interested in and passionate about the world around them.

“This year Girlguiding Scotland members made their voices heard ahead of the General Election by calling on politicians to back the #girlsmatter campaign to end sexism.
“Extending the vote to young people aged 16 and over for future Scottish elections is a great way to ensure their voices are heard.”

Girlguiding Scotland champions youth engagement with the democratic process and has two representatives on the Scottish Youth Parliament, known as MSYPs.

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Notes to editors:

For more information about Girlguiding’s Girls Matter campaign, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk/girlsmatter.

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

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.