TENTH Penarth Brownies celebrated International Women's Day last week by completing their 'Votes for Women' challenge badge, as well as designing their own painted stones to promote the importance of gender equality.

The Votes for Women challenge badge was created by a Guide unit in Wales, and encourages girls to learn about how some women got the right to vote in 1918. As well as learning about protests by the Suffragettes, they created posters to encourage the Welsh Assembly to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in future elections.

The group also painted 'women rock' stones to mark the occasion on Thursday, March 8.

The girls were also given the opportunity to talk about women who had inspired them in the event, held at St Joseph's Church, Penarth.

Tawny Owl, Grace Newbould, said: "We loved how many different girls and women inspired our Brownies, from writers like Jacqueline Wilson and J.K. Rowling, to artists like Rhiannon Roberts, their friends, mothers, grandmothers and sisters.

"It was lovely to hear."

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK.For more information on becoming a Rainbow, Brownie, Guide or Ranger, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.