Girlguiding Says: ‘No More Page 3!’

No more Page 3Girlguiding has today signed the ‘No More Page 3’ campaign. Girlguiding members aged between 16 and 25 voted overwhelmingly to support the campaign – with 88 per cent of respondents saying they believe The Sun newspaper should end Page 3.

The decision to hold a vote on the campaign was taken by Girlguiding’s Advocates – our panel of young women aged between 14 and 25 who are the driving force behind Girlguiding’s advocacy work. 

The ‘No More Page 3’ campaign is a petition calling for The Sun newspaper to stop printing pictures of topless women on page 3, and now has over 89,000 signatures. It was started during the Olympics in summer 2012, when a writer called Lucy-Anne Holmes found that the largest female image in The Sun was of a young woman showing her breasts, even though Jessica Ennis had just won her gold Olympic medal.

No more Page 3Explaining their decision to support the campaign, the Girlguiding Advocates said: ‘The Sun is a family newspaper. Anyone can pick it up, turn to Page 3, and think that it is normal for young women to be treated as objects. This is just wrong.

‘It is impossible to nurture your ambitions if you are constantly told that you aren’t the same as your male equivalent. It is disrespectful and embarrassing. We need to get used to the idea that women are not for sale.’

Girlguiding believes passionately in giving girls a voice on issues that they care about. We would like all our young members to have the opportunity to speak out publicly and to add their voices to campaigns affecting the lives of girls. 

You can add your name to the petition here.

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