We are absolutely delighted to be able to announce the winners of our national competition Giving Young Women and Girls a Voice. From an exceptionally talented field of entries our panel of judges chose Chloe Hill as the national winner of the 19-30 age category and Sofia Grebenkina, as the national winner of the 13-18 category. Congratulations to Chloe and Sofia!

Our congratulations go too to the runners up, regional finalists and those who were highly commended. Special mentions in the 19-30 age group go to Ellie Cosgrave (second prize) and Lydia Miller (third prize). The runner up in the 13-18 category is Rosalind Pearson. All winners have been notified and prizes are on their way!

The competition required entrants to answer the following question: ‘If you could influence Government to take action on one issue to improve the lives of women and girls, what would it be?’ The judges said they were very impressed by the high quality of ideas and arguments put forward. The winning topics are: “More Emphasis is needed on Women in the National Curriculum” (Chloe Hill) and“Women in positions of power” (Sofia Grebenkina).

Message from the President of the National Council of Women

When we launched this competition “Giving Young Women and Girls a Voice” we had no idea how exciting it would become – hundreds of young women from all over England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, from a variety of backgrounds and establishments, even Her Majesty’s prisons, joined in. As one of our judges said “This is the opportunity of a lifetime to experience being at the forefront of policy making on the world stage”.

These entries provided an illuminating insight into concerns our young women have about life for women today.

At our annual conference in October I was delighted to meet the top winners and enjoyed their presentations. These were well argued proposals and there is no doubt that we would want to take these forward to Government. We shall also be linking the finalists with our Policy Committees so that they can be involved in NCW’s work, seeking change and improvement in our society.

The girls certainly came forward with great enthusiasm and I feel privileged to have been able to share their moment.

It has been an enlightening and worthwhile experience.

Elsie Leadley
NCW President
October 2013