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Amanda Amaeshi

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Amanda Amaeshi

Amanda Amaeshi

Young Spokesperson for Girlguiding Scotland

Amanda Amaeshi is a Young Spokesperson for Girlguiding Scotland and was named Young Scotswoman of the Year in 2020.  She is currently in 6th year and hopes to study law at university.

Amanda’s advocacy journey began when, as a Year of Young People 2018 ambassador, she would speak out on issues that mattered to young people – such as youth involvement in politics, young people’s rights, and the importance of celebrating young people’s achievements. Amanda has been a member of Girlguiding’s Advocate Panel since October 2019: this panel of 15 young women from across the UK aged 14-21 speak out on issues that matter to girls and young women in the country – such as sexual harassment, mental health, and the importance of centring girls and young women in decision-making. She is also a Young Spokesperson for Girlguiding Scotland.

From an early age, Amanda has been keen on speaking out about social issues. Through her writing, she has raised awareness on a variety of issues, from the lack of women in STEM and the harms of fast fashion, to period poverty and the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement. She won the Young Reporters for the Environment (YRE) competition, writing about problems and potential solutions concerning food waste in Scotland and has written for websites such as the Scottish BPOC Writers Network and the Scottish Feminist Bloggers Network.

For her writing and campaigning work, Amanda was featured on the YWCA Scotland’s 30 Under 30 list for 2020, and in April 2021 she was named the Glasgow Times Young Scotswoman of the Year 2020. Amanda is grateful for the opportunities she has had to speak out for equality and hopes to be able to continue to enact positive change for girls and women by representing Girlguiding Scotland on the National Advisory Council on Women and Girls.