UK Girls

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.

Schoolgirls Enjoy Sport More When There Are No Boys Around To Impress, Says Top Headmistress

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Girls are more likely to enjoy sport at single-sex schools because there are no boys to “impress”, a headmistress of a top fee-paying girls’ sch...

Six Things We Can All Learn From Northern Lasses

Dee Greenwood | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dee Greenwood

It's not all country factors, farmer's wives and regional accents. There is some serious style up north and when I went up there; I had to keep up! Here are a few things that we could all learn from the girls up north.

Encouraging Girls To Be The Best They Can Be: Why Mental Health Matters

Anita Tiessen | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Anita Tiessen

It's clear Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting builds confidence no matter where girls are from. It helps girls overcome adversity to ensure they have the opportunity to become the strong, confident women they so deserve to be.

Gap Helps Girls Roar

Dotti Hatcher | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dotti Hatcher

I hope that through this expansion, young girls will develop a strong belief in self. They will determine their own sense of beauty and reach beyond the things that traditionally may have been available to them. I hope they will see the possibilities and set a course to achieve whatever possibilities they seek.

Spicing Up My Cancerversary

Sophie Belcher | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Belcher

It's 1996. I'm five years old and about to go through what will turn out to be one of the single most traumatic experiences of my life - having my chest drain removed just a few days after major surgery to remove part of the cancerous tumour that has taken up residence in the left side of my chest.

Things I Wish I'd Known As A Young Woman Starting Out In The Music Business

Lara Baker | Posted 18.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lara Baker

There were countless times in my first few years in music when I felt something we were doing should be done differently, that something wouldn't work, when I had an alternative view or idea. But I assumed other people knew better.

If Your Child's Role Model Is Kim Kardashian, So What!

Sarah Newton | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Newton

Holding one woman up better than another does no good at all and often these kinds of things are done in the guise of feminism. Feminism means not bashing one women because she choose something you did not, feminism means not making someone wrong because you don't agree with her methods.

Calling All Girls, You Are Extraordinary!

The Mac Twins | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
The Mac Twins

I could create a multitude of Brownie badges for encouragement, write lines upon lines to raise awareness and shout from every rooftop about this report. But I need to hand the microphone over, turn the spotlight round and let this remarkable young woman's words fill you up.

This International Day Of The Girl, Let's Look Past Statistics

Tanya Barron | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Tanya Barron

Often we speak of 'children' with no one child in mind. Statistics reduce them to no more than data to be used in policymaking, academic discussion or press statements. But, of course, every child has a unique experience, and while 'big data' is important for understanding trends and patterns, we mustn't forget the need to take the time to understand children's lives in more depth.

Give Girls A Voice And Let Them Change Their World

Anita Tiessen | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Anita Tiessen

In 1909, a group of young women marched on a rally in Crystal Palace, London, calling to be part of the newly formed Scout movement. These girls were bold; their actions transformative. Anything boys could do, girls could do too - and these girls believed they could do anything.

A 17-Year-Old Girl Is Running The UN Today

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK

More than 250 girls around the world are taking over the jobs of presidents, mayors, head teachers and business leaders in a 24-hour stunt to call for...

Girls Have Mountain To Climb To Achieve Same Opportunities As Boys

Helle Thorning-Schmidt | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK
Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Supporting this future generation of leaders, and ensuring that their voices are heard - in communities, in national capitals, and on the world stage - will be critical to the goal of ending child marriage, and transforming the lives of millions of children.

Stop Judging Us On How We Look

Emma Brodey | Posted 04.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Brodey

At 8 years old, I remember feeling frightened to change into my P.E. shorts for school sport because I didn't want people to see how thick my thighs were. Apparently I was not alone. Almost one in six girls aged 7 to 10 reported being embarrassed or ashamed of their appearances.

What We Follow On Social Media May Be Holding Women Back

Edwina Dunn | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK Tech
Edwina Dunn

But in a world where we constantly ask why it is that women don't 'reach higher' in their careers and with their ambitions, it may be worth thinking about more examples of what successful women look like - what they do. It would be uplifting to see more women say 'if she has done that, maybe I can too.'

Leave My Hometown Alone! Middlesbrough Is Not The Worst Place To Grow Up A Girl

Jade Smith | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jade Smith

Calling us the worst doesn't help us. Telling girls in our area you are more likely to fall pregnant, be poor and fail in school doesn't help us. I know plenty of girls from Middlesbrough and the surrounding areas who are at Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and plenty of other russell group universities. I also know girls who are doing amazing well on apprenticeships in a wide variety of fields inside our amazing local industries and businesses.

Is the UK Failing Its Girls?

Tanya Barron | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK
Tanya Barron

Girls' lives in the UK are full of barriers, and until we remove them, these amazing women will remain the exception that proves the longstanding rule. The UK is failing girls. Every day, they face harassment in schools. They don't feel safe online. And they're scared walking home on the street.

Kids Using Social Media 'More Likely To Be Unhappy With Appearance'

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Parents

Children who frequently use social media are more unhappy with their appearance, a study has found. Almost half (48%) of those who spent more than thr...

A Quarter Of A Million Girls In Britain Are Unhappy

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 31.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

More than a quarter of a million girls in Britain are unhappy with their lives, according to the latest Good Childhood Report. The Children’s Societ...

Teenagers More Likely To Experience Depression Or Anxiety If Their Parents Went To University

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK

The number of teenage girls suffering from depression or anxiety has soared in the last 10 years - and children whose parents went to university are m...

The Girl Movement

Deirdre Collins | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Deirdre Collins

The female of the species has a bad rep when it comes to how we treat each other, but a movement where girls have secret groups online and organise meet ups is changing that perception.

Girlcon: Take Up Space and Make it Grow

Kara Stanton | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kara Stanton

This year our panels include discussions on feminist masculinities, combining crafting and activism, and living with mental illness. We're hosting workshops on writing poetry, getting started on YouTube, and deconstructing classism, as well as meet-ups for people interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and people who identify as asexual and aromantic.

Why Organisations Need to Join Forces to Bridge the Skills Gap in the Engineering Sector

Naomi Climer | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Naomi Climer

It's National Women in Engineering Day, a day dedicated to engineers joining forces and raising the profile of women in engineering. It's also a crucial time to inspire the engineers of the future, especially girls, to think about engineering as a modern, creative and exciting career choice.

Girls 'Wear Shorts Under Skirts' To Avoid Harassment At School

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Parents

Schoolgirls are choosing to wear shorts under their skirts to avoid sexual harassment, a discussion in parliament has revealed. The Women and Equalit...

This Woman's Genius Invention Could Change The Future Of Periods

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Liita Iyaloo Cairney is on a mission to change the face of periods, forever. Cairney, 32, from Edinburgh has created a reusable menstrual device which...