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Girls rights in the UK

Meet the girls of the UK

UK girls: Our voices

Girls are facing harassment at school. They don’t feel safe online. They’re judged by the way their body looks. And they’re scared every day on the street. We spoke to girls from different backgrounds and regions of the UK and asked them to tell us, in their own words, what it means to be a girl growing up in the UK.

"I feel there is always this pressure to create an image and a desirable life. I don’t want to be part of that – I feel it takes away so much [that is] genuine in life.” - Areena

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Locked out

It’s time to stop locking girls out of school toilets when they have their period.

A photo of a girl using her mobile phone


Girls have the right to be online and express their views safely. But what should be an empowering space can quickly become threatening. Not only are girls facing immense pressure in the digital world, they’re also more at risk of harassment, abuse and being pressured into sending explicit images than their male counterparts. 

As a result, girls are censoring what they say and in some cases withdrawing from the digital space altogether – losing their voice online. That’s why we’re calling for change at an international level, to recognise girls’ digital experiences and their right to be online.

A girl from our Champions of Wales programme

Our work in the UK

Through our UK programmes, we’re working with girls on the issues they’ve told us matter most to them. We’re delivering Let’s Talk. Period to address the toxic trio of period poverty. Our Girls Shout Out programme is providing girls with a much-needed safe space online, while Champions of Wales is changing perceptions and attitudes towards girls, so they can live free from gender inequality.

We also work closely with the Youth Advisory Panel. Together, they provide a youth perspective on all our work, ensuring children are at the heart of everything we do and campaigning for young people’s rights around the world. 

Our UK reports

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