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3rd Altrincham Guides talk about equality for girls.. on BBC Breakfast

BBC Breakfast arrived at 3rd Altrincham Guides on Thursday 28 November to ask how they feel about equality, harassment and sexism.

A major new research report from Girlguiding – Equality for girls - has provided a disturbing insight into the state of equality for girls in the UK. Girls feel sexual harassment is commonplace, their appearance is intensely scrutinised and their abilities undermined. 

The study – the fifth report from the charity’s annual Girls’ Attitudes Survey – focuses specifically on the state of equality for girls in the UK today after girls identified sexism as a priority issue for their generation.

87% of girls surveyed aged 11-21 think women are judged more for their looks than ability.

Rachel Nicholls from 3rd Altrincham Guides said:
  "Boys who are starting to look for a girlfriend go on how a girl looks.

"You feel like you always have to wear make up and mascara to make you feel pretty, as you feel other people put you down if you don't dress like that."

Girlguiding’s Chief Executive Julie Bentley said: “As the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women, Girlguiding believes passionately that girls should be allowed to flourish and fulfil their potential to be leaders in all walks of life. But to do this they need to live in an equal society. 

“This cannot simply be dismissed as something that girls and young women just have to ‘deal with’ as they grow up - these results should be a wake-up call for decision-makers across the board. This is an ambitious, resilient and hopeful generation of girls who are capable of achieving so much – we must not let inequality get in their way.”

Join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #GirlsAttitudes.

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