Young Women's Trust

Political participation

Each year we take 16 girls and women from our centres to party conferences, to increase their understanding and interest in politics. This inspires other girls and women to engage in politics and enables Platform 51 to network, shape policy decisions and make girls' and women’s voices heard.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 September 2011 to 12:00 PM, 1 October 2011

Registered Charity in England and Wales (217868)

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    Helping

Location

  • I’ve spoken to Home Office ministers on behalf of other women from Platform 51. I’m proud of my achievements.

    — Natasha, Doncaster

  • Politics has everything to do with everybody; it’s about schools, the NHS, everything.

    — Jude, Wolverhampton

  • If young people aren’t engaging in politics, this isn’t because they don’t care; they just don’t know.

    — Kayleigh, Northampton

  • Politics has everything to do with everybody; it’s about schools, the NHS, everything.

    — Jude, Wolverhampton

  • I’ve spoken to Home Office ministers on behalf of other women from Platform 51. I’m proud of my achievements.

    — Natasha, Doncaster

  • If young people aren’t engaging in politics, this isn’t because they don’t care; they just don’t know.

    — Kayleigh, Northampton

Situation

Our centres are in some of the most deprived areas of England and Wales. Our project is about building a bridge between women in these areas, where people tend not to engage with politics, and the politicians who make decisions that affect them. We want to provide bursaries to 16 representative girls and women to attend the three main political party conferences in 2011, so they can speak to politicians face to face about issues that matter to them.

Solution

Bursaries will offer participants the chance for their views to be heard by politicians. Participants will also benefit from the experience personally, for example through increased self-confidence and political awareness, and they will encourage their families and friends to be more politically engaged, for example using their vote and getting involved in their local communities.