Self Believers

Feeling free to be ourselves

We want to be able to be ourselves – without feeling that we have to look or act a certain way because we’re girls.

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.

No one feels happy all the time – we know that. But we’d like to see girls and young women of all types more supported and accepted, as they are.

So that we each feel stronger in ourselves and can be the person we want to be, not just what others want to see.

Everyone should be able to talk about their own struggles with mental health. - Ranger 

We'll make a difference together

We want everyone - including the people in charge - to pay attention to what we have to say. And we want them to join us in taking action to change things for the better.

  • We need to challenge the media when they spread the message that girls and women should look a certain way.
  • We want to see women of all body shapes, abilities and ethnicities on the pages of magazines and on our screens.
  • Listen to girls and young women when we talk about the pressures we face - take it seriously and find ways to help.
  • You should never feel like you're alone, all young people should be able to get the support they need when they need it.

12,180 Guides said the way women are shown in the media makes it difficult being a young woman today.