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Girlguiding says #GirlsMatter

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#girlsmatter, girlguiding, media sexism, women's rightsCampaign targets media sexism in the run-up to the 2015 General Election.

Girlguiding is calling for change.

A leading charities for girls and young women, Girlguiding has created an eight-point report outlining the need for young women to be respected and to have their voices heard.

The report calls on politicians to stop children’s exposure to harmful sexualised content in the mainstream media and to empower girls and young women to speak out and be heard on the impact of media sexism and stereotyping.

Over 2500 people have already pledged their support to Girlguiding’s demand that politicians listen to girls and young women

And as 18 year-old Girlguiding advocate Katie said: ‘Too often the media present women as merely sex objects.

‘Parliament needs to take the lead to show that girls and women are worth so much more than that – they are individual, intelligent and equal human beings.

‘By setting regulations on the portrayal of women in the media, politicians can help to create a society in which young girls and boys are not surrounded by the sexist images of Page 3 and others like it, and know that women are equal and have more to offer than just their bodies.’

According to Girlguiding up to 85 per cent of young women aged 17 to 21 beleive that the government has a role to play in making sure the media represent women fairly, and 75 per cent of those aged 11-21 and 48 per cent of 7-10 year olds think that there are too many images of naked or nearly naked women in the media.

To find out more about #GirlsMatter follow Girlguiding on Twitter or visit their website.

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