When girls have a political voice, they can demand action to ensure all girls can learn, lead, decide and thrive. Empowerment is not enough: we need a political and social revolution that makes girls and their lives visible to governments and policy makers. On October 18, 2017, young women will take the place of 17 Members of Parliament for the day, to ensure their voices are heard by politicians.

This takeover is a symbol that, by encouraging and enabling girls to pursue political, community and workplace leadership, we can take a huge step towards girls’ leadership being the ‘new normal’.

Plan International Australia's She Can Lead report surveyed 530 young men and young women aged 18 to 25 to gauge their interest in and desire to enter politics, the barriers to political life and their views on how women are treated in Parliament. Find out what they had to say:

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