Dundee Girlguiding member busts beauty myths at conference

A Girlguiding Scotland member from Dundee spoke to a conference of education and health professionals today (Wednesday 5 November 2015) about her work with the charity helping youngsters tackle body myths.

Rebecca MacLennan, 22, who runs the 6th Carse of Gowrie Guide Unit and Riverside Senior Section Unit in Dundee, was invited to talk at the Medica CPD conference on eating disorders and self-harm about her role helping girls to develop body confidence.

As a Girlguiding peer educator, Rebecca has been trained to deliver the ‘Free Being Me’ programme developed by Dove and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) with the aim of helping 3.5 million girls around the world to fight back against the anxiety caused by unrealistic body ideals.

It uses fun activities to encourage girls to celebrate their individuality, empowering them to challenge the myth of the “perfect-looking woman” created by society.

Rebecca MacLennan said: “I was shocked to learn that 6 out of 10 girls would stop doing something they love because of the way they look, and that only 11 per cent of girls would use the word ‘beautiful’ to describe themselves.

“By speaking out against the beauty myth, we can help girls learn that beauty comes from within and empower them to develop their body confidence and self-esteem.”

Denise Spence, Chief Executive of Girlguiding Scotland, said: “It’s fantastic that top professionals want to know about our groundbreaking work helping girls to fight back against unrealistic body ideals and be happy in their own skin.

“The work that Rebecca and other Girlguiding Scotland peer educators do is vital in setting young women free from body anxiety by busting beauty myths.”

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Notes to editors:

  1. For more information about ‘Free Being Me’, please visit http://www.girlguiding.org.uk/get_involved/peer_education/free_being_me.aspx.
  2. Rebecca spoke at the Medica Cpd Ltd conference on Self-Harm and Eating Disorders in Glasgow. For further information please visit www.medicacpd.com.