I HAD an amazing time at the 2017 Labour Party Conference. It was incredible to be able to discuss the issues I care about with real MPs with real power.
We had a fantastic conversation with the Deputy Leader, Tom Watson, about online safety for girls and young women, following the results of our 2017 Girls’ Attitudes Survey, which showed that many girls don’t feel that their parents understand the online pressures they face.
We also asked Ed Miliband and Lisa Nandy what they would do to ensure STEM was more accessible to girls, as, despite the fact that 75% of girls were confident in their digital skills, just 37% of them would consider a career in technology.
Many other politicians, charities and businesses were very enthusiastic about our Girls’ Attitudes Survey, which was really exciting as, hopefully, girls’ voices will now begin making real change.
Definitely one of my favourite parts was walking around the conference meeting so many people who are driven to make the lives of ordinary girls better. We also got to meet people who visited us in the Youth Zone, and who care about, and are passionate about, young people’s voices.
I’m hugely grateful to Girlguiding for giving me the chance to attend such an amazing event, and hope I have the opportunity to go again in the future.
In next week’s First News we have a report from the Conservative Party conference which was happening this week.
Deputy Leader Tom Watson MP and Girlguiding advocates