Commenting on Girlguiding’s Girls’ Attitudes Survey, Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, Maria Miller MP, said:
“Outdated stereotyping is still damaging girls’ and women’s confidence and needs to be effectively tackled from an early age. Furthermore, the high levels of sexual harassment that girls are still experiencing at school is of deep concern given the Government’s undertaking to tackle this unacceptable behaviour following the Select Committee report a year ago.
“These problems are linked: sexual harassment occurs when sexist stereotypes flourish. The Government has to show more urgency; there must be clear guidance for schools that leaves them in no doubt about their responsibilities to keep girls safe and tackle gender stereotypes, as well as support for those experiencing harassment and abuse. We will be keeping a close eye on Government action on this issue over the coming months.”