Thrapston Girl Guide to speak at United Nations

Pippa Gardner
Pippa Gardner

A Girlguiding member from Thrapston will speak out on behalf of girls and young women across the world at a major United Nations conference in New York this month.

Pippa Gardner, 23, will lead an all-girl delegation from the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) at the UN General Assembly meeting from September 19 to 25. Pippa, who works as a marketing executive at Woburn Abbey, is the only person to have been selected to give a speech on behalf of young people to the UN’s high-level political forum on sustainable development.

She will work with groups from youth and women’s non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to make sure issues affecting girls and young women are taken into consideration when deciding any new sustainable development goals.

During her time at the conference Pippa will also mentor other young women from across the world, including the Philippines, Bolivia, Australia and South Africa.

She said: “I’m most looking forward to the chance to get girls’ voices heard on a global stage. My experiences at previous events have shown me that the WAGGGS delegation will take the results of surveys and focus groups with thousands of girls around the world and present these to the decision makers.

“We are a delegation of young women and we use guiding methods to present our views which have a great impact on decision makers.

“Politicians take note when a young person is speaking knowledgably and with confidence.”

Pippa, who is also Girlguiding’s District Commissioner for Dogsthorpe, Peterborough became involved in WAGGGS’ UN advocacy work after attending a Young Women’s World Forum in 2010.

She said: “That was a life-changing week, which gave me the confidence to learn and engage with these subjects and has led to lots of opportunities.”

For more information about Girlguiding – the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women - visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.