UK Girls

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.

Challenging The Perception Of Pretty

Joanne Gray | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Parents
Joanne Gray

"What do you think pretty is?" This was the question a teacher at my daughter's school asked during a PSHE lesson last week. The responses from the group of 13 year olds were varied but the one that provoked the greatest reaction was "Blonde hair, clear skin, a thigh gap and a flat stomach!"

Weight Is Just A Number - A Plea To My Daughter

Vicki Coombe | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Parents
Vicki Coombe

My daughter stood on my scales last night and I admit; my heart broke a little. At two years old she knew what she needed to do to weigh herself. Like most behaviours it was learnt, and it was learnt from me.

Lessons In Ambition From The World's Most Inspirational Women

Edwina Dunn | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Edwina Dunn

As I worked on the book, I noticed something surprising. While the 60 women featured are from a wide range of industries and backgrounds, they never really mentioned 'ambition'. These women are leaders in their professions, breakers of new ground and unafraid of

'Girls' Star Allison Williams Reveals The 3 Unique Things The Show Will Leave Behind

The Huffington Post | Caroline Frost | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Entertainment

When ‘Girls’ returns tonight in the UK on Sky Atlantic, it will be a bittersweet moment for the show’s many fans. The sixth season is the last i...

Lena Dunham Reveals The Only 'Girls' Sex Scenes That Make Her Feel Vulnerable

The Huffington Post | Caroline Frost | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Entertainment

Lena Dunham has revealed she never feels vulnerable filming some of the most explicit sex scenes on television, only when she has to “act like I’m...

The Girls - Proving We Are All Capable Of The Extraordinary

Jack Abrey | Posted 06.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Jack Abrey

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the dress rehearsal of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's new musical 'The Girls' in my role as a Bloodwise Ambassador...

Some Women Are From Mars. Some Men Are From Venus

Mairi Macleod | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Mairi Macleod

They had a couple of the little people on the red sofa, and I have to say, I totally fell in love with feisty little Eva. The 5-year-old totally nailed the whole male-female difference issue; one that social commentators and academics have been fighting about for years.

The Long And The Short Of It: Are Some Schools Failing Our Girls With The Way They Police Skirt Length?

Michelle Beckett | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Beckett

When I complained to the school, I was astonished that this position was defended under the guise of "we are just trying to protect the girls, as there are bad people out there". When I pointed out they were giving the message that their short skirts would make them somehow culpable if they did get attacked, they struggled to see the relationship.

Making Change Happen: The Women Fighting The World's Water Crisis

Barbara Frost | Posted 22.01.2017 | UK
Barbara Frost

By 2030 I'd like to see a world where all women have access to water and sanitation, equal rights, equal opportunities, and are living healthy lives out of poverty, free to make choices about their part in the world.

The Power And Passion Of Girls Must Prevail

Anita Tiessen | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK Politics
Anita Tiessen

This year, we've put girls firmly in the spotlight. We've encouraged them to speak out on a global stage, share their stories with the world and be the change they want to see.

Pretentious? Nope, Just Cool. Meet The 1975

Rose Sgueglia | Posted 23.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rose Sgueglia

Matt Healy was on time, polite and not afraid to shut fans up, as the 1975's tour came to an end, yesterday night in Cardiff's Motorpoint. Starting a...

The Young Women Bringing Hope To Africa

Fiona Mavhinga | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Fiona Mavhinga

Photo credit: Camfed Looking back on 2016, I ask myself why I am so hopeful as I write this. This was a year of change, uncertainty and in many corne...

I Love Girls

Robbie Knox | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Robbie Knox

I like spending time with girls. I enjoy girls. I enjoy the company of girls. There's no way to say it without sounding like a fat, sweaty businessman justifying to his idiot friends why he's spent £680 in a strip club on a Tuesday night. But, in the cleanest of senses, I really like hanging around with girls.

How A Toilet Can Change Your Life

Mary-Ann Ochota | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Mary-Ann Ochota

The Congolese sun is gleaming off the earthen floor but I feel cold. I'm knee-to-knee with a tall, dignified woman called Bawili, who's talking me through the day her teenage daughter was gang-raped. Bawili speaks quietly, simply - the details are the more harrowing for it.

Girl Guides Take A Stand Against Gender-Based Violence In Schools

Anita Tiessen | Posted 01.12.2016 | UK Politics
Anita Tiessen

To mark day seven we are encouraging everyone to speak out to ensure girls and young women are treated equally in their schools, colleges or universities. If a young girl can challenge the voice of an older male teacher in Togo, we hope you can take a couple of minutes to make your voice heard too.