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School news | Posted 25.09.2017

Queen Margaret’s Girls Give Young Women a Voice in Yorkshire and the North East

QM girls are to host the National Council of Young Women Conference today, the first intergenerational conference of its kind in Yorkshire and the North East.

The conference brings together girls from schools across the region and invited speakers to discuss issues that affect women in today’s society and allows them to put forward ideas that could affect policy at the heart of Westminster. As a Link School of the National Council of Young Women, QM girls will be given the opportunity to feedback their findings at the annual conference of the National Council of Women in October.

Today’s event aims to answer the question of whether female rights are under attack in the 21st Century. A question that all the girls at Queen Margaret’s have been working on as they have designed and created their own life-size ‘women’ on rolls of paper covered with inspirational and thought-provoking notes to use during the conference.

Speakers will include Nigel Adams MP for Selby and Ainsty, Alison Bolton from the Kyra Women’s Project, York, Amy Coates, LVI, Emily Unsworth, LVI  and Barbara Maddison, Vice-President of the National Council of Women.

Jessica Miles, Queen Margaret’s Head, is delighted that the girls are able to host the conference: “This conference provides a fantastic opportunity for the girls to explore political issues in a safe environment, take their learning outside of the classroom and hone their skills in debating, presenting and negotiating. The event may also nurture the aspirations of the politicians of tomorrow.”

Georgina Deri, Deputy Head Girl says: “As a student of A Level Government and Politics I am extremely interested in the political landscape of Great Britain and how I can make a difference. This conference and partnership with the National Council of Young Women provides me with a voice to be able to achieve this.”