We want to boost girls’ body confidence!
The team at Girlguiding Scotland have blogged for us this Mental Health Awareness Week about the work the organisation is doing to boost girls' confidence and self-esteem.
Did you know that according to our Girls in Scotland research 40% of girls aged 7-25 feel under pressure to look a certain way? Here at Girlguiding Scotland we think it’s time for change.
To mark Mental Health Awareness Week (and this year’s theme which is body image) find out how we’re helping boost girls’ confidence and self-esteem.
It’s time for change
Whether it’s online, TV or on social media, girls are exposed to high volumes of often altered and airbrushed images of models and celebrities. This sets unrealistic expectations for young women which can serve as a real blow to girls’ self-esteem as they strive for “perfection”.
Our research also shows there has been a worrying rise in the number of girls developing negative relationships with food with 55% saying they know someone who has experienced an eating disorder. This is why it’s so important to bust the myths about how girls and young women 'should' look and empower them be happy with who they are.
How we’re tackling the problem
Find out more about Free Being Me
Through our Free Being Me programme peer educators visit units to deliver sessions to other girls focusing on body positivity and challenging the image myth. Free Being Me was created by The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and Dove to encourage girls to be happy in their own skin since 2014.
The aim is to help girls understand that their bodies are great because of what they can do, not because of what they look like. The Free Being Me sessions have proved to be a hit reaching more than 224,000 girls worldwide. Here in Scotland we have a team of 70 peer educators ready to support girls and young women to feel body confident again.
Good mind and body health is essential
The Be Well theme from our new programme helps members’ learn how to look after their minds and bodies. From encouraging them to practise mindfulness and try their hand at a new sport to dancing the day away with their friends and clearing their head on a country walk, there’s something for every girl to get excited about.
Intrigued? Check out everything our new programme has to offer today!
The future looks bright
Girlguiding’s new Future Girl manifesto was launched to help inspire our volunteers and young members to work side by side to help create a more positive world. One of the key themes is Self Believers which gives units the opportunity to explore being themselves without feeling that they have to look or act a certain way.
We’d like adults to be more aware of the many pressures on girls and young women – from school, from friends, from the media – and help us learn how to manage and challenge them. Our Girls in Scotland research shows that more than a third of girls aged 13-25 feel uncomfortable talking to an adult about body image issues so we want to encourage them to open up more.
Volunteers can download the Future Girl poster pack and use it to start a conversation with their unit about what matters to them to ultimately make a difference to the lives of girls.
Our ultimate aim
We want to see a future where more girls and young women across Scotland realise their full potential in life, without worrying about their looks. By continuing to offer a safe, supportive and non-judgmental environment we’re proud to empower girls and young women to be more body confident and resilient in an ever-changing world.
Feeling inspired? Get involved today!
Whether you’re keen to give your time and become a volunteer or sign your daughter up, find out how you can get involved you can join in the fun and adventure of Girlguiding Scotland.