Great Lever girl guide speaks at Conservative Party conference
A GIRL Guide from Great Lever spoke at the Conservative Party conference.
Bijal Rama, aged 22, spoke at a fringe event — held to mark the launch of Girlguiding’s newest research Care Versus Control: Healthy Relationships — about controlling relation-ships amongst teenagers.
Along with a panel including Girlguiding chief executive, Julie Bentley, Women’s Aid chief executive, Polly Neate, and Jessica Lee MP, Bijal spoke about her views on young people’s behaviour in relationships and how to deal with unhealthy and abusive behaviour.
The event was based on evidence from Girlguiding’s research report, which sheds light on to the issue of domestic abuse and how it is experienced by girls and young women across the UK.
Bijal, who is a leader with the 9th Bolton Guides, is one of Girlguiding’s Advocates — a group of members aged 14 to 25 who discuss the issues girls care about and seek change.
She said: “The best thing about being an Advocate is being able to speak out on behalf of my community. I feel the findings of the research mirror many of the experiences my friends and I had when growing up — and in some cases still have today.
“It made me feel empowered to speak out against some of the behaviour the report mentioned and make other people aware that it’s not okay.”
The research found that 23 per cent of girls aged 11 to 21 showed a full understanding of what an abusive relationship is.
But 21 per cent of girls said a partner telling you what you can and cannot wear was acceptable.
Twenty-one per cent said that being shouted at or called names because of what you may have done could sometimes be okay.
So far in 2013 the Advocates have discussed and initiated Girlguiding’s support for the No More Page 3 campaign, been spokespeople about issues they care about and given their input into the 2013 Girls’ Attitudes Survey.
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