Girls In Focus
This theme looks at the current situation for those girls and young women in education who are considered vulnerable, challenging, marginalised or excluded. On this page we share practice, information and new thinking. If you are working with girls in this context then make sure you let us know what you are doing.
Period poverty project expanded
The Scottish Government has made more funding available for free sanitary products. More HERE
National Advisory Council on Women and Girls report: First Minister's speech
The speech focused on the NACWG first annual report on gender equality. More HERE
Gender stereotyping is everywhere in our culture, but schools can make a real difference. More HERE
National scoping exercise of advocacy services for victims of violence against women and girls
Third sector agencies have a key role – but there remain gaps and barriers ot the provision of and access to services. More HERE
Improving gender balance
A Fife primary school is taking part in a project challenging ideas that some school subjects and careers are ‘just for girls’ or ‘just for boys’. More HERE
Online support for Autistic Women and Girls
Scottish Autism have engaged with women and girls from the autism community and drawn on the expertise of a network of professionals to develop a range of videos and other support materials in this new programme. More HERE
Every last girl
Ensuring that every last girl is free to live, free to learn and free from harm requires a collective pledge to advance girls’ rights to access education, to sexual and reproductive health rights, and to make their voices heard. Download the pdf HERE
Girl’s wellbeing explored: understanding pressures and resilience
The report from Girlguiding and YoungMinds highlights that girls are facing unprecedented levels of stress and pressure — to do well at school, to look and behave a certain way, to measure up to expectations from friends, family, teachers and the media. Girls say that the adults in their lives are out of touch with their concerns. Download the pdf HERE
The everyday sexism project
The project catalogues instances of sexism – serious, minor, offensive, niggling or normalised, and often so day-to-day that challenging them is difficult. More HERE
Are boys and girls equally prepared for life?
International data used to explore how girls outperform boys in reading but under-achieve in mathematics – motivation, confidence and self-belief are key. Download pdf HERE
Equally Safe, Scotland’s Strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls
An updated version has been published, recognising that children have the right to be kept safe from harm, protected from violence and to be given proper care by those looking after them. Download the pdf HERE
FGM - A statement opposing female genital mutilation
Posters are available to outline the Scottish Government's position on FGM. These are available to download in Arabic, English, French, Somali, and Swahili. More HERE
Keeping Girls in Focus PINS seminar: September 2013
Our seminar used research and professional experience to look broadly to establish gender differences in the experience of school. We wanted to raise the profile of girls and young women as distinct from boys and young men and identify particular issues, challenges and good practice when it comes to working with girls and young women in educational settings.
Go to our Girls in Focus event page for more.
“Our understanding of the impact of living with poverty suggests that girls’ contemporary experiences of poverty in Scotland differs to that of boys, and that the long terms effects of this childhood poverty may be gendered”. Dr John H. McKendrick
The Learner’s Perspective
This Enquire film captures different learner perspectives including that of young women part of the HOTS Young Mums support base. More HERE
Girl Up is an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation that gives American girls the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. More HERE
If you have examples of practice, innovative approaches, learning and experience to share please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org