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Young Bexleyheath woman attends conference to discuss everyday sexism

PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 July 2014

Michaela Le Roux (third from left) with Advocates at the conference.

Michaela Le Roux (third from left) with Advocates at the conference.

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A Girlguiding member had the chance to attend a major conference to discuss violence against women.

The conference, organised by Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP was held at the UNISON Centre in London on July 7 and attendees included founder of the Everyday Sexism project Laura Bates and No More Page 3 founder Lucy Holmes.

Michaela Le Roux, 17, spoke about everyday sexism, discrimination and pressure affecting girls.

As a member of Girlguiding’s Advocate panel, she discusses issues that affect her and other young women and seeks change UK-wide.

Michaela, also a Young Leader at 5th Bexleyheath West Brownies, said: “I am interested in these issues because of my perspective on matters that affect women. Being a young woman I have experienced and have peers who have experienced many of the issues and I want to tackle them now.

“It was amazing to speak to Laura Bates and Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper at the event, and I also spoke to poet Hollie Mcnish, who had earlier in the day performed some spoken word poems linked to the reversal of gender roles in media representation, as well as the shame that young girls carry with them about their bodies.”

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