Girls Matter is a call for change from girls and young women to Party Leaders and the next government. See what they want to see change.
Promise to regularly consult girls and young women from all backgrounds and ensure their views are considered in policy decisions that affect their lives.
of girls and young women aged 11 to 21 think that women are judged more on their appearance than on their ability.
I’d really like girls’ voices heard all over the place, since the government doesn’t listen to them and lots of people think girls don’t matter as much as boys.
Over half of girls and young women aged 11 to 21 feel that politicians do not listen to their views enough.
My ideas don’t always get taken seriously by boys and men, and I feel the reason is because I am a girl and they don’t think I should have a view on anything they are discussing.
Promise to introduce guidance that all schools must use to tackle this issue.
Sexual harassment is a severe issue for girls, made even worse by social-media-based violence. Violence should not be commonplace for the vulnerable young generation.
of girls and young women aged 11 to 21 say they have experienced sexual harassment at school, including sexual taunts and unwanted touching.
aged 11 to 21 know girls their age who have experienced homophobic bullying.
The number of teenage girls I know who have been abused, assaulted, or simply made to feel uncomfortable in the presence of a teacher or other authority figure is too high. And what’s worse is that they’re expected to keep quiet about such 'minor' things and not complain.
of 11 - to 16-year-old girls say teachers/staff sometimes or always dismiss sexual harassment as just a bit of banter (eg ‘boys mucking around’).
Promise to make Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) compulsory and urge schools to include lessons on body confidence and gender equality.
of girls aged 7 to 11 say they have been on a diet.
I think bullying girls about their looks can change their personalities, because they change to fit in and stop the bullying.
of girls aged 11 to 16 say they are unhappy with their looks.
We’re just constantly being told 'you can’t do that – you’re a girl' or 'that’s what you’re meant to be'. People are restricting what we can and can’t do and trying to put us into neat little boxes.
per cent of those aged 11 to 21 think schools should have to teach gender equality.
Even girls at primary school are worrying about their appearance and weight. PSHE could do more to allow girls to be happy and not spend their childhood worrying about their appearance.
Promise that the Department for International Development will focus on equality for girls, including advocating for girls' rights to be central to the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation, and 20,000 girls in the UK are at risk every year.
I have such amazing opportunities available to me and I think that it’s important that every girl should have the same.
65 million girls across the globe are not in school.
Some girls don’t have choices and they live in an unfair way. But all girls need an education and we should do something.
The government and the UN need to make a stand against the abuse of girls’ rights, with influential and inspirational people such as Malala Yousafzai helping to raise awareness.
Promise to bring print and online media in line with the principles of the broadcast watershed.
64 per cent of young women aged 17 to 21 agree with the No More Page 3 campaign that aims to get topless women out of The Sun, the UK’s most-read family newspaper.
The government should monitor the media more and have tighter controls on what should be allowed, for example the content of some adverts is degrading to women.
of young women aged 17 to 21 agree that the government has a role to play in making sure the media represent women fairly.
The media influences society hugely, so if the media presents women as being sex objects, there only to satisfy men and be judged on their appearance, ordinary people start to believe that as well.
of girls and young women aged 11 to 21, and 48% of 7- to 10-year-olds, think there are too many images of naked or nearly naked women in the media.
We don’t want to be objectified. It has a negative impact not only on women but also on men and young boys, and changing this could lead to a decrease in gender-based violence and rape.
It’s crazy that something that can only be shown after 9pm on TV can be seen by children in all kinds of places like public transport.
Promise to establish a girls' and young women' s advisory panel to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
The media needs to stop coverage of size 0 models and promote a healthier attitude towards body confidence and self-esteem.
61% of girls and young women aged 7 to 21 say that they feel boys expect them to look like the images of girls and women they see in the media.
Showing an equal variety of not only men and women but different races will provide a true equality in the media.
of young women aged 17 to 21 agree that media organisations should make sure there is more diversity represented among women in the media, including age, ethnicity, body size, sexuality and profession.
The media should include a diversity of images that portray women, for example in politics, business, academia, engineering, science, technology, mathematics and leading professions. These images must also be taken seriously, not ridiculed or mocked for not conforming to the sexualised stereotype of women.
of girls aged 11 to 21 think there is too much discussion on women's weight in the media.
I think girls should be on TV more doing sport â€“ the only time you really see this is every four years when theyâ€™re at the Olympics. You hardly ever see girls playing football or tennis or cricket ... you never see them playing golf or anything.
Promise to make Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) compulsory in all schools and update the curriculum to include healthy relationships, sexual consent, online safety, violence against women and girls, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender relationships.
55% of girls and young women aged 11 to 21 say Sex and Relationships Education does not focus enough on relationships, rising to 64 per cent among 16- to 21-year-olds.