Campaigners urge young women to vote

Girlguiders campaign at Parliament NNL-150324-151042001
Girlguiders campaign at Parliament NNL-150324-151042001

A first-time voter from North Newington is urging all young women eligible to vote in this year’s General Election to make their voices heard.

Olivia Wypior, 19, joined a host of high-profile women politicians and BBC Radio One presenter Gemma Cairney at a special event on March 11 to champion issues affecting girls and young women.

It was hosted by Girlguiding and Women’s Aid and held at the Speaker’s House in Parliament.

The charities, which represent and support nearly one million girls and women across the UK, want to make sure all women’s voices are heard at the ballot box.

Olivia was a guide leader at the 1st Bodicote Guides and is now studying politics and international relations at Reading University. She said: “We should always remember the struggle that women went through to get the vote in the first place.

“Voting in elections is one of the many ways that we as women can work towards bringing greater equality for women and get women’s voic- es heard at the top.”

Speakers included MPs Caroline Nokes, Jo Swinson and Seema Malhotra and Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow.

In 2010, more than nine million women didn’t vote and 39 per cent of women aged 18-24 voted, compared with 50 per cent of men aged 18-24.