Girls in the North of England feel less happy, confident and safe than those in the South, Girlguiding study finds

According to a study, girls and young women in the north of England feel less happy, confident and safe than those in the south of the country.

Those in the North were less likely to feel safe in public and also felt gender stereotypes were holding them back at school, according to a survey by the charity Girlguiding.

They were also significantly less satisfied with their lives than those in London and the South.

Girlguiding said the government must ensure that the higher tier is meaningful for girls and young women by prioritizing their safety and well-being in education, health and public spaces, and by line.

Some 3,015 girls and young women aged between seven and 21 across the UK were interviewed between March and April as part of Girlguiding’s annual 2022 Girls’ Attitudes Survey, funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Overall, she revealed that more than half of girls and young women aged 11-21 do not feel safe alone outdoors (53%), while 45% say the same in public and 19% feel unsafe at school.

More than half of girls in the North (51%) do not feel safe in public, compared to 41% of those in London and the South.

They were also the least likely to feel safe alone outdoors and at school.

A young respondent said, “In the future, I hope I can feel safe leaving home and going somewhere on my own, even at night.”

In addition, 26% do not feel safe online, and the survey found that more than a third (36%) of girls and young women are fired from certain jobs, such as politics, due to abuse. high profile women are victimized. on line.

This peaks in the north of England, where 41% are put off, compared to 34% in London and the south.

Girls and young women in the North were also more likely to say gender stereotypes held them back in school (26% vs. 18%), compared to 21% overall.

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And 63% of girls and young women aged 7 to 21 in the North say they want to change a lot of things in their lives, compared to 56% of girls in the capital and the South.

Overall, two-thirds of girls and young women aged 11 to 21 reported experiencing or seeing sexism in their daily lives at school, college, university or work.

And 17% of girls and young women aged 13-21 said fear of sexual harassment keeps them in school.

Girlguiding chief executive Angela Salt said: “It’s shocking how many girls and young women, some as young as 11, feel unsafe at school, on social media or in public.

“Our research shows how common discrimination, stereotyping and sexism are in our society and how these create, unsurprisingly, barriers to happiness, confidence and success.

“In addition to the disparities in the experiences of girls across the country, it is essential that we act now to address these issues to ensure that every girl and young woman has the opportunity to fulfill their potential, no matter where they live. “

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