No More Page 3 are absolutely thrilled that the Girlguiding’s young members have voted to support our campaign to bring an end to the most iconic piece of sexism in our national press.
We have heard too many stories of how Page 3 negatively impacts young women and girls; either because of boys’ reactions to it or girls’ own feelings about their bodies and self-worth caused by being presented with such narrow definitions of beauty on a daily basis.
As we have at least one former guiding member within the team, we know firsthand what a powerful and positive influence guiding can have on individual girls.
The full statement from GirlGuiding can be found below:
Girlguiding Says: No More Page 3
- Girlguiding members vote to support the No More Page 3 Campaign
- Girls say: “We need to get used to the idea – women are not for sale.”
- Girls and young welcome indications that The Sun might end Page 3
Tuesday 9 April: Girlguiding has today signed the No More Page 3 Campaign. Girlguiding members aged between 16 and 25 voted overwhelmingly to support the campaign – with 88% of respondents saying they believe The Sun newspaper should end Page 3.
The decision to hold a vote on the campaign was taken by Girlguiding’s Advocates – a panel of young women between 14 and 25 who are the driving force behind Girlguiding’s advocacy work.
With well over half a million members, Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Empowering girls to support campaigns is a central part of Girlguiding’s commitment to giving girls a voice on issues affecting their lives.
Explaining their decision to support the campaign the Advocates said: “The Sun is a family newspaper. Anyone can pick it up, turn to Page 3, and think that it is normal for young women to be treated as objects. This is just wrong.
It is impossible to nurture your ambitions if you are constantly told that you aren’t the same as your male equivalent. It is disrespectful and embarrassing. We need to get used to the idea that women are not for sale.”
The Advocates have sent a letter to The Sun’s Editor, Dominic Mohan, explaining why they believe Page 3 should be stopped.
Recent Girlguiding research has shown that two-thirds of girls believe they are still judged more on looks than ability and one-in-three would consider surgery to change their appearance. *
Julie Bentley, Chief Executive of Girlguiding said: “Giving girls a voice on issues that they care about is one of Girlguiding’s most important values. We are very proud that young women in Guiding are choosing to speak out and play a part in building the society they want to live in.”
*Research from the 2012 Girls’ Attitudes Survey
About Girlguiding’s Advocates
Girlguiding’s Advocates are empowered to speak out and take action about issues affecting girls’ lives – from body image and equality, to women’s representation in the media and female leadership. The Advocate team also speaks at events in Parliament, attends international conferences and writes blogs and articles.
About the Vote
2062 members of Girlguiding aged between 16 and 25 participated in the poll between Tuesday 19 March and Thursday 28 march.
Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with 546,406 members. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. We give them a space to have fun. We run Rainbows (5–7 years), Brownies (7–10 years), Guides (10–14 years) and The Senior Section (14–25 years). Registered Charity No 306016. www.girlguiding.org.uk.