UK Girls

8 Ways To Empower Your Daughter To Break Free From Gender Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Parents

Girls as young as seven are encountering gender stereotypes in all areas of their lives. Findings from the Girlguiding’s Girls’ Attitudes Survey, ...

The Reason This Mum Told Her 6-Year-Old Daughter To Kick Her Bullies 'In The Business'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has explained why she told her six-year-old daughter to kick two boys “in the business” after they bullied her and commented on her weight. ...

No More Boys And Girls? - LGBT Families Take On Gender

Sarah Hagger-Holt | Posted 15.09.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Hagger-Holt

We were shocked, but not really surprised, by the programme's findings about the differences in expectations and treatment of girls and boys. And, it's hard to deny its conclusion: that these stereotypes affect how our children grow up - from the jobs they choose to the way in which they are able to express their emotions.

Gangs, Rape, Violence: The Girls We're Letting Down

Suzanne Virdee | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Suzanne Virdee

I sit down for coffee and a chat on a sunny terrace with a friend who's a senior youth worker, and she says. "We have a big problem with our 11-13 year old girls". She works on the edge of a big city, in charge of a large youth centre. Her young clients are often affiliated to gangs. She bans all gang talk, throwing of signs and bandanas that identify which gang they belong to. No weapons either. It's to create a safe oasis in their chaotic world. But she's worried it's girls that are suffering most.

Katie Piper Helps Launch Disney Campaign To Teach Girls They Are So Much More Than Just Princesses

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Parents

Disney has launched a new campaign, with the help of Katie Piper, to encourage children to dream big and have aspirations beyond being the princesses ...

We Need Creative Minds To Proactively Disrupt The Development Sector

Farah Ramzan Golant | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK Tech
Farah Ramzan Golant

Say the word 'disruption' and you'll most likely think of Silicon Valley; online businesses that are challenging old, established ways of doing business.

Going Beyond Girls' Education: Why Potlokwa's Story Should Inspire Us All

Payal Dalal | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK
Payal Dalal

Potlokwa is one of the girls that should inspire and drive girls' empowerment. Her journey and story should be at the heart of every conversation and intervention. Her voice, and others like her, must be what guides us as we create partnerships and holistic programmes to support and empower girls around the world.

Setting A New Curriculum For Global Education

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK
Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Can you remember your favourite teacher? The person who introduced you to a still-cherished book, flicked a switch in your brain, or ignited a passion that years later still burns strong and bright?

Free Sanitary Pads For Kenya's Schoolgirls - Why The Government Is Doing The Right Thing

Charlotte Clarke | Posted 25.06.2017 | UK
Charlotte Clarke

As well as providing free sanitary pads and safe spaces in schools, for example, ActionAid is collaborating with local communities to improve access to toilets and showers and provide safe environments where girls can ask questions about periods, sex and pregnancy.

These Girls Prove That Football Isn't Just For Boys

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 23.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Girls can tackle, dribble, score and save goals just the same as boys can, but football is still seen by many as a “man’s game”. Research from t...

Loving Sport - A Life-Long Gift

Laurie Morrissey | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laurie Morrissey

It's a knack that gets under your skin. Like the love of a football team, it remains, and pushes you to remain fitness conscious and maybe take a yoga class, go spinning or hit the road for a run every now and again. It's inherent. And, perhaps because girls are less likely to be given that gift (it's sad, but statistics show that's the way it rolls) it's a pretty precious commodity to have in your back pocket.

Back To Our Beginnings

Jane Taylor | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Parents
Jane Taylor

It's the simple things that make me happy; spending time with my partner and spending time with my children. It's not that often that I get to see my oldest three babies, and rarely all together so I really have to make the most of it when I do.

Let's Talk Periods: Turning TMI Into Action

Caitlin Gruer | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Caitlin Gruer

I'm willing to bet that if you ask most women, they will be able to recount the story of the first time they got their period. It's a moment that sticks with you no matter how prepared you are, particularly because for many girls around the world, it is punctuated by fear, anxiety, and embarrassment.

The Challenge Of Diversity In The AI World

Jenny Garrett | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Tech
Jenny Garrett

Artificial intelligence (AI) is still in its infancy, but it's poised to become the most disruptive technology since the Internet. AI will be everywhere - in your phone, in your fridge, in your car. Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa are just two examples.

How The Growth Of Athleisure Has Been A Shot In The Arm For Girl Power

Melissa Wheeler | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Style
Melissa Wheeler

This fashion marks a shift away from objectification towards feminine functionality. You know a category has earned its place in our wardrobe when it pushes boundaries. Just as loungewear saw the onesie reach mainstream, so too do we have athleisure brands embracing the jumpsuit.

Why It's Vital Parents Know The Pressures Mentally Affecting Young Girls (And How To Help)

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Parents

At age 14, Naomi was feeling pressure from all sides of her life. At school, she had pressure around exams, getting her grades and starting to plan he...

So Many STEM Opportunities For Women, So Few Girls Pursuing It Still

Sarah Flannigan | Posted 21.03.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Flannigan

all women everywhere There will be exciting, varied and rewarding jobs in the future, but if we don't act now there won't be enough people to fill them. More needs to be done to encourage today's 12 and 13-year-old girls to study science subjects at school, and in further and higher education.

Women's ‘Pessimism' Isn't To Blame For The Gender Pay Gap, Deeply Ingrained Sexism Is

Rachel Moss | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

all women everywhere We need to start celebrating women for their achievements, rather than their looks, so that girls have positive role models. We need to be introducing programmes in secondary schools to ensure girls know that they are just as capable as their male classmates of pursuing careers in any industries, at any levels.

This 'Girlie Glue' Lets You Stick Flowers And Ribbons To Your Daughter's Head

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK Parents

Parents! Ever desperately wanted to identify your baby as a girl by attaching a ribbon or flower to her skull, but just not had the right tools? We ha...

The Price We All Pay For A World That Doesn't Value Gender Equality

Anita Tiessen | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Anita Tiessen

Photo credit: WAGGGS One of the challenges when running a global organisation that counts 10 million girls and young women from 146 different count...

Is All This Talk About Happiness Making Our Kids Miserable?

Sarah Newton | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Newton

As parents and adults I feel we have an obligation to the next generation to paint a real picture of life, not a sterilised one, to show our emotions, to let them know that we don't always feel 100%, to show them that it is normal to not feel OK.

Little Girl's Note Found Under Her Desk At School Has A Very Empowering Message

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Parents

Passing notes around in class is never usually encouraged, but exceptions can surely be made if the messages are as inspiring as this. A Year 5 teach...

Teenage Girls Dressing Appropriately

Joanne Gray | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Parents
Joanne Gray

All teenagers need to be allowed to experiment with clothes and make mistakes in order to develop their own sense of style and individuality, this is a normal part of growing up. However, there need to be certain parameters that also allow for change as they grow and mature.

What Girls Call Their Body Parts

Katie Lodge | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Lodge

"What's that?" asked my three-year old son, head skew-whiff. Swamped by bubbles and an army of dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period, he was pointing at my lower regions with a Gallimimus in his hand. We were both in the bath. "Erm," I replied...

All Made Up

Kylie Barton | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Style
Kylie Barton

Young people wearing make-up has always been a topic of debate, but when one of the young carers I work with wrote a song about how it affects her for one of our choir sessions, I felt inspired to write about the issue.