Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has welcomed a report by Girlguiding, but expressed concerns over some of its findings.
The report presents the findings of the 11th Girls’ Attitudes Survey, Girlguiding’s annual survey into the lives of girls and young women in the UK.
Over 2,000 girls aged 7-21 from across the UK were asked for their views on a range of topics, including life online, the environment and bullying.
Top findings this year included:
- 50% of girls aged 11-16 are put off being leaders because women leaders are criticised more than male leaders
- 47% of girls aged 7-10 don’t have access to a playground with swings and a slide
- 79% of girls and young women aged 7-21 have experienced bullying or unacceptable behaviours
- 88% of girls and young women aged 7-21 feel it’s urgent that we all do more to protect the environment
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I’d like to thank Girlguiding for another fascinating Girls’ Attitudes Survey – these are a really useful insight into the issues that girls and young women face.
“I was very concerned by some of the findings. It is particularly shocking that half of girls are put off leadership roles because of the criticism that women face.
“This is why the way that women MPs – and other women in leadership roles – are talked about is so important.”