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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.

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Listen to girls and young women, take them seriously and make sure their voices count

Promise to regularly consult girls and young women from all backgrounds and ensure their views are considered in policy decisions that affect their lives.

'Girls and young women have so much to say and a fresh view on many of the issues the government is tackling. Many young women are frustrated they feel that their opinions are not heard or considered when policies are created that will affect their lives. Politicians need to connect with the girls and young women they are representing to fully understand the impact of their decisions.'
Heather, 23, Totnes, Girlguiding Advocate
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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.

Katie, 8, London

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Over half of girls and young women aged 11 to 21 feel that politicians do not listen to their views enough.

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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.

Anon, 16, South Lanarkshire
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Demand that schools take a zero-tolerance approach to sexual bullying and harassment

Promise to introduce guidance that all schools must use to tackle this issue.

'Every day, many girls' lives are made a misery by an onslaught of sexist comments, sexual harassment and abuse at school. These girls don' t feel safe, which affects their education. By ensuring schools take a no-tolerance approach to this kind of behaviour, the government would be improving the day-to-day lives of these girls, as well as reducing sexual harassment and violence in the future.'
Amy, 16, Glasgow, Girlguiding Advocate

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.

Michaela, 17, Bexley, Girlguiding Advocate

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70
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of girls and young women aged 11 to 21 say they have experienced sexual harassment at school, including sexual taunts and unwanted touching.

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41
%

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.

Megan, 17, Stourbridge

61 percent

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’).

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Call on all schools to teach body confidence and gender equality

Promise to make Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) compulsory and urge schools to include lessons on body confidence and gender equality.

'Girls are growing up surrounded by things that can make them feel bad about themselves - images of women photoshopped beyond recognition, sexist music videos and song lyrics, lads' mags... The list goes on. I spent most of my teenage years plagued by self-doubt. Had it been a requirement for my school to teach body confidence, then that angst would more than likely have been prevented.'
Nikki, 22, Southampton, Girlguiding Advocate
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of girls aged 7 to 11 say they have been on a diet.

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I think bullying girls about their looks can change their personalities, because they change to fit in and stop the bullying.

Anon, 8, Darlington

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47
%

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.

Rebecca, 13, Gloucestershire
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%

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.

Bijal, 23, Bolton, Girlguiding Advocate
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Make girls' rights a priority in the UK' s approach to international development

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.

'With female genital mutilation affecting 125 million worldwide and child marriage on the rise, too many girls are not getting the chance of an education or a life equal to men. Girls must not be excluded or forgotten in the post-2015 global development agenda. And the government should show its commitment by also taking a zero-tolerance stance towards the infringement of girls' rights here in the UK' .
Haley, 20, Carrickfergus, Girlguiding Advocate
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125 million
girls and women

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.

Emma, 13, Leamington Spa
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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.

Scarlet, 8, Anglia

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.

Keerthi, 15, East Riding of Yorkshire
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Stop children' s exposure to harmful sexualised content in mainstream media

Promise to bring print and online media in line with the principles of the broadcast watershed.

'Too often the media present women as merely sex objects. Parliament needs to take the lead to show that girls and women are worth so much more than that - they are individual, intelligent and equal human beings. By setting regulations on the portrayal of women in the media, politicians can help to create a society in which young girls and boys are not surrounded by the sexist images of Page 3 and others like it, and know that women are equal and have more to offer than just their bodies.'
Katie, 18, Doncaster, Girlguiding Advocate
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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.

Kate, 16, Southampton


85
%

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.

Sarah, 18, Birmingham
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75
%

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.

Haley, 20, Carrickfergus, Girlguiding Advocate
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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.

Sophie, 21, Isle of Anglesey, Girlguiding Advocate
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Empower girls and young women to speak out and be heard on the impact of media sexism and stereotyping

Promise to establish a girls' and young women' s advisory panel to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

'Every day we are exposed to thousands of images and ideas from the media. That' s why I think their sexualised and stereotypical representation of girls and women is one of the major reasons for the high levels of sexism still present across society. Constantly seeing airbrushed and sexualised images of women has an extremely negative effect on girls' body confidence, and it affects how men and boys think too. Giving girls a voice on how this can be tackled is really important. Things have to change.'
Morgan, 16, Folkestone, Girlguiding Advocate

The media needs to stop coverage of size 0 models and promote a healthier attitude towards body confidence and self-esteem.

Laura, 21, Wakefield

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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.

Danielle, 16, Orpington

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83
%

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.

Sarah, 21, Morecambe
80
%

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 – the only time you really see this is every four years when they’re at the Olympics. You hardly ever see girls playing football or tennis or cricket ... you never see them playing golf or anything.

Kayley, 9, London
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Modernise Sex and Relationships Education so all young people can make informed decisions and stay safe

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.

'We need to prepare children and teens for the challenges and joys of respectful relationships by debunking myths and having open and frank discussions about trust, consent, respect and equality, as well as 'taboo' issues like pornography, online relationships and domestic violence that aren' t currently covered in lessons. The next government could take a positive step by making updated SRE compulsory.'
Julia, 19, Ashby de la Zouch, Girlguiding Advocate
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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.