As members of Girlguiding Scotland, we have been calling for an end to the unacceptable level of sexual harassment which is taking place in our schools. It’s great that the Scottish Government has listened to us and committed to improving the recording of incidents involving sexual harassment or gender bullying.
However, we believe that more can and still needs to be done. We are continuing our calls for training to help teachers recognise and tackle sexual harassment in the classroom. We also believe that by providing consistent and high quality personal and social education – which covers issues like consent, healthy relationships and online abuse- schools can not only stop sexual harassment but help create a fairer society.
Education plays such a huge role in our lives so it is important that every girl has the opportunity to feel safe and happy at school. By taking these further actions we can create a more equal and fair Scotland for everyone.