The places in Berkshire named the best to be a girl in the UK

The places in Berkshire named the best to be a girl in the UK

Plan International UK has published a report into the state of girls’ rights in the UK

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Berkshire is one of the very best places to live in the country – if you are a girl, that is.

According to a report on the state of girls’ rights in the UK, both Wokingham and West Berkshire are among the top 10 places to be a girl.

Children’s charity Plan International UK published the report as part of its work to fight for girls’ rights across the country.

Researchers looked into several factors to determine where the best places to be a girl in the country are for the local authority index, including levels of child poverty, life expectancy, educational attainment, child obesity, teenage pregnancy, and the number of children not in education, employment, or training (NEET).

And two Berkshire local authority areas came in the top 10, Wokingham borough and West Berkshire.

What makes Berkshire the best place to be a girl?

Schools and collegesEnvironment and locationWork opportunitiesSports opportunitiesIts historyWell connected and transport linksDiversitySomething else entirely (let us know in the comments below!)None of the above

Best places to be a girl in the UK 2019-20 according to local authority index

  • Orkney Islands – local authority index score of 1.48
  • East Renfrewshire – local authority index score of 1.31
  • Wokingham – local authority index score of 1.29
  • Shetland Islands – local authority index score of 1.19
  • Richmond upon Thames – local authority index score of 1.15
  • West Berkshire – local authority index score of 1.10
  • Waverley – local authority index score of 1.09
  • Cambridgeshire – local authority index score of 1.03
  • Hart – local authority index score of 1
  • Kingston upon Thames – local authority index score of 1

Worst places to be a girl in the UK 2019-20 according to local authority index

  • Hyndburn – local authority index score of -1.18
  • Merthyr Tydfil – local authority index score of -1.18
  • Blaenau Gwent – local authority index score of -1.20
  • Knowsley – local authority index score of -1.23
  • Liverpool – local authority index score of -1.23
  • Dundee City – local authority index score of -1.44
  • Kingston upon Hull – local authority index score of -1.45
  • Hartlepool – local authority index score of – 1.54
  • Nottingham – local authority index score of -1.68
  • Blackpool – local authority index score of -2.43

What the report found

In the report, researchers detailed a number of startling findings as a result of their research – including how sexism and harassment in school is still holding girls back.

They write: “Girls are outperforming boys in educational attainment, but sexism and harassment in school is rife. Subject choices are still gendered, and gender stereotypes are impacting girls’ future career opportunities.

“Girls do not feel safe in public and they do not feel their local areas are designed for them.

“Mental health issues amongst girls are rising and girls do not feel their mental health is being taken seriously.

“The full spectrum of gender-based violence and the threat of it shapes a girl’s experience in every space that she lives her life – including online.”

Rose Caldwell, chief executive of Plan International UK, said despite the huge international changes when it comes to girls and women’s rights, there is still a lot to be done to improve the lives of girls in the UK.

She said: “While injustice and inequality still undoubtedly prevail, powerful movements such as #MeToo and young activists such as Greta Thunberg have raised the critical voices of girls and forced governments and institutions to listen.

“But as we enter 2020, our latest report finds girls still feel disempowered. They are frustrated and fed up with the empty messages of female empowerment, while policies and practices at both national and local level are not going far enough to tackle inequality.

“The findings in this report should serve as a wake-up call for all politicians and decision makers.

“If adolescent girls are feeling undervalued, unheard and under-represented in public life, we, as a society, are letting them down.

“We simply cannot continue ignoring the fact that girls still feel excluded, marginalised and overlooked and we look forward to working with those in power to end the dangerous stereotypes that are holding girls back.”

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