Leverington Guider speaks at national conference

Advocate Mathilde Tranter (right) with Ciara O'Connor, founder of the Emily Tree.
Advocate Mathilde Tranter (right) with Ciara O'Connor, founder of the Emily Tree.

A Wisbech Girlguiding member attended a meeting in London to discuss women’s role in politics ahead of the general election.
Mathilde Tranter, 17, lead a debate on how to encourage more young women to make their voices heard during Saturday’s meeting, which was chaired by Ciara O’Connor, founder of young women’s organisation the Emily Tree
Mathilde is a member of Girlguiding’s youth Advocate panel, a group of 14-25-year-olds who discuss issues affecting girls and seek change.

Mathilde Tranter, 17, lead a debate on how to encourage more young women to make their voices heard during Saturday’s meeting, which was chaired by Ciara O’Connor, founder of young women’s organisation the Emily Tree
Mathilde is a member of Girlguiding’s youth Advocate panel, a group of 14-25-year-olds who discuss issues affecting girls and seek change.

Mathilde, who is Leader with 1st Leverington Rainbows, said: “Issues affecting girls and women are often overlooked by those in politics, and with women representing just one in five Members of Parliament in the House of Commons, it’s easy to see why.

“That’s why Girlguiding is calling on politicians to listen to girls’ concerns ahead of the general election with its Girls Matter campaign.”

Girls Matter is a cross-party campaign featuring eight calls for change, including a guarantee that women will be equally represented in Parliament.

Further asks include making girls’ rights a priority in the UK’s approach to international development, and modernising Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) in schools.

The Emily Tree aims to get girls and young women interested in, politics, running engagement sessions in schools and communities, alongside internship programmes at the Houses of Parliament.

Ciara O’Connor, co-founder of the charity, said: “Both Girlguiding and the Emily Tree are passionate about increasing the number of women involved in politics. It was great to meet these politically engaged young women, and discuss the practical steps both charities are taking to ensure that women are fairly represented, both in politics and in wider society.”