Free Being Me
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Free Being Me is a
global badge programme using fun and interactive activities to grow
girls’ self-esteem and body confidence. It encourages girls to
celebrate their individuality, empowering them to challenge the
myth of the “perfect-looking woman” created by society.
The scheme has been created by the World Association of Girl
Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and the Dove Self-Esteem
Project, to reach 3.5 million girls across the world.
At Girlguiding, we train Peer Educators to run Free Being Me
sessions for young members.
See how Free Being Me works in the unit
A journey created by experts
Girls go on a learning journey through Free Being Me. They:
- Examine the myth of the “perfect-looking woman”, exploring why
that’s a problem and challenging it in themselves and others.
- Inspire positive self-esteem in others through a Take Action Project run by unit the Leader
following the peer education sessions.
Fun and safe
The programme is age-appropriate for two age groups: 7-10 year
olds or 11-14 year olds. All Peer Educators are trained to run
these sessions and make it a safe, fun and challenging
How you can get involved
Let us know how it all goes by tweeting @4PeerEd on Twitter!
Why Body confidence matters
Girls’ Attitudes Survey revealed that girls are worrying about
their bodies from a young age:
- One in five girls of primary school age say they have been on a
- 38 per cent of girls aged 11-to-21 say they have sometimes
skipped meals to help lose weight.
- One in four girls aged between 11-to-21 would consider cosmetic
- 43 per cent of girls say the way women are sometimes criticised
for their looks on TV puts them off wanted to be on TV
- 87 per cent think that they are judged more on looks than