Girlguides commemorate the inspiring efforts of the suffragettes.

The Senedd Takeover took place on Saturday 22nd September to celebrate 100 years of female suffrage. Girlguiding Gwent held the event to commemorate the inspiring efforts of the suffragettes, to highlight the importance of the centenary year and to celebrate the successes achieved in the past century for women’s democracy. As well as celebrating the event highlighted what still needs to be done to engage girls and women in politics.

“I’m really looking forward to welcoming Brownies and Guides from across Gwent to the Senedd. It’s a fantastic opportunity for everyone attending to share ideas and learn more about the history of women’s suffrage in Wales and the UK. Young people’s views on equality must be heard as we mark the centenary of women getting the vote, reflect on the present and look to the future. A lot of hard work has gone into planning an exciting programme for what will be a very memorable day for us all.” – Jayne Bryant AM

“On behalf of my grandmother and great grandmother Sylvia and Emmeline Pankhurst, I am delighted to hear of so many Brownies, Guides and leaders gathering together in the heart of Welsh government to celebrate the centenary of the first vote for women in the UK in 1918.

This event is the highlight of a year of celebrations by Girlguiding Gwent, started by Sam Morgan of 1st Rhiwderin Brownies who designed the Centenary celebration badge that has been completed by over 20,000 girls.

The suffragists and suffragettes fought with great courage and for a very long time thereby transforming norms about women’s role in society, ensuring their rights to be equal citizens. Girlguiding carries on the sisterhood that those amazing women believed in.

It was ‘Deeds not Words’ that the suffragettes felt were needed to achieve equality.  This event is a practical way of honouring the past and continuing to stand up for girls and women”. – Helen Pankhurst

“We are so excited to have the opportunity to run two amazing days for girls from Girlguiding Gwent. We cannot thank the staff at the Senedd enough for their help and support. We are so grateful to Jayne Bryant AM for sponsoring us also a huge appreciation to Lynne Neagle AM and Julie Morgan AM for joining us in supporting the event. My event team has been amazing and I would also like to especially thank the wonderful ladies of the Trefoil Guild for their support. We hope the girls had a day they will never forget; when Girlguiding Gwent took over the Senedd and celebrated the lives of the amazing, committed and strong women who fought so hard for the democratic right to vote.” – Andrea Rodley County Commissioner – Gwent.

The Senedd takeover will continue this Saturday where the Welsh National Opera will join the celebrations.