A young woman from Neath has spent the day at Neath Port Talbot Council, having been given the chance to shadow Leader Rob Jones, and take a look at the inner workings of local political life.
Student Rowena Griffiths, 18, successfully applied to take part in Chwarae Teg’s #LeadHerShip project which encourages young women to get involved in politics and realise they have the potential to make changes. Describing herself as a ‘community activist’ Rowena is passionate about helping others and has a strong community spirit. She recently created her own social enterprise where she upcycled pianos and redistributed them back into the community for everyone to enjoy.
The day saw Rowena shadow the Leader at meetings, discuss his role during a one-to-one and take a tour of the quays and meet staff. The aim was to provide first-hand experience and learning on how local government makes decisions for people living in Wales and to discuss different roles within the authority.
Women are still notably absent from many decision-making roles in Wales making up just 28% of MPs and councillors. Chwarae Teg works to ensure that women become better represented in such decision making roles. Through projects such as #LeadHerShip the charity aims to provide young women with a platform so that their voices are heard at the highest levels of Welsh politics.