Licensing Bill: listen to girls’ voices on display of harmful sexualised content – Girlguiding Scotland

Girlguiding Scotland is calling on politicians from all parties to listen to girls’ voices on stopping the display of harmful sexualised content in areas where children will see it, ahead of the Licensing Bill being debated for the first time in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 23 April 2015.

Denise King, Girlguiding Scotland’s Chief Executive, said: “Girlguiding Scotland welcomes the cross-party discussion in the Scottish Parliament about using the Licensing Bill to make it an offence to knowingly display harmful sexualised content, such as on the front pages of magazines and newspapers, in shops and other areas where children go about their daily lives.

“We back Girlguiding’s campaign to ensure #girlsmatter at the 2015 election, which includes girls’ call to stop children’s exposure to harmful sexualised content in the media.

“We hope politicians from all parties will listen to girls’ voices on this issue and take them into account.”

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  1. Find out more about Girlguiding’s Girls Matter campaign and take the pledge at new.girlguiding.org.uk/girls-matter.
  2. Girlguiding research found that 75 per cent of girls and young women aged 11 to 21, and 48 per cent of 7 to 10-year-olds, think that that are too many images of naked or nearly naked women in the media.
  3. The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill will undergo its Stage 1 debate in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 23 April 2015.
  4. Girlguiding Scotland is Scotland’s leading charity for girls and young women with more than 60,000 members. We are part of a worldwide movement which enables girls and young women to fulfil their potential and take an active and responsible role in society. Guiding opens up a world of exciting opportunities for girls and young women across Scotland. Girls can take part in a wide range of activities from adventure sports to camps, international trips, science projects and community action. Find out more @GirlguidingScot, www.facebook.com/GirlguidingScot or www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk.