Making sure Girls Matter

Girlguiding Scotland members helped shape Girlguiding’s campaign to ensure Girls Matter at the 2015 General Election.


Girlguiding Scotland members – along with guiding members across the UK – identified eight calls for change ahead of the General Election in 2015. The calls were that politicians:

  1. Listen to girls and young women, take them seriously and make sure their voices count.
  2. Demand schools take a zero-tolerance approach to sexual bullying and harassment
  3. Call on all schools to teach body confidence and gender equality
  4. Make girls’ rights a priority in the UK’s approach to international development
  5. Stop children’s exposure to harmful sexualised content in mainstream media
  6. Empower girls and young women to speak our and be heard on the impact of media and sexism and stereotyping
  7. Modernise sex and relationships education so all young people can make informed decisions and stay safe
  8. Guarantee that women will be equally represented in Parliament

You can find out more about these calls and read the full Girls Matter report here.

Several MSPs, including First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, committed to tackling sexism and making life fairer for girls by taking the Girls Matter pledge, and a motion about it received cross-party backing in the Scottish Parliament.

We’re continuing to campaign on these issues – working with both the Scottish and UK Parliament to make sure girls voices are heard.