In the 2018 Girls survey report, carried out by the girl guides, was published. The survey found that there were many positive and upward trends around young girls attitudes towards things like leadership and education, there was also some concerning feedback.
The concerns included the rise in the number of young girls being unhappy with their appearance, the prevalence of sexual harassment for young girls in public places, and for some, quite alarmingly, the acceptance of abuse within relationships. While the shift is only small, the fact that there is a shift in thinking that this is acceptable amongst some is alarming. The full report and findings can be read here
At the heart of helping to combat some of these sad findings, is outstanding RSE. RSE can be the lessons where self esteem and value is built, students are encouraged to explore about what positive relationships are and also, centrally to all this, what consent and respect of one another looks and sounds like.
If you would like support and help around some of these subjects – from the running of a girls self esteem project, to lessons around these subjects, please contact Amplifyouth for more information.