Women need to be represented in the politics A Level syllabus, says Wisbech student

Mathilde Tranter

Mathilde Tranter - Credit: Archant

A young Girlguiding member from Wisbech has called for greater representation of women when she made her voice heard to Government.

Mathilde Tranter, 17, who is part of a national Girlguiding youth advocacy panel, took part in the Government’s consultation on the contents of the new A Level politics curriculum.

The current proposal for changes to the core A Level syllabus includes just one woman, Mary Wollstonecraft, in a list of seven political thinkers and removes topics including gender equality and feminism.

Mathilde, who volunteers with 1st Leverington Rainbows, said: “It’s so important to have gender equality issues present in the A Level politics curriculum.

“We should learn about the entire story of women’s fight for the vote, and also explore international women’s politics in comparison to representation in the UK.”

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Mathilde, who has been a youth advocate for Girlguiding since 2014, has also been reflecting on a busy year campaigning for equality and equal opportunities for girls and young women across the UK.

In 2015 Mathilde attended events like the Conservative Party conference, where she was able to speak about the issues that affect girls and young women.

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She also attended a summit to hear speeches from leading feminist campaigners including North Korea refugee Yeonmi Park, German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen and actor Meryl Streep.

Mathilde said: “The best moment of my year was speaking to ministers and MPs during a roundtable event on young people’s mental health at the Conservative Party Conference. I felt I really had a voice to talk about these issues.”

Girlguiding’s Advocate panel is a group of 18 young women aged 14-25 who speak out and campaign on things that matter to them.

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