Girls in Scotland 2020 survey findings

Date: 9th December 2020
Category: Basic Health and Welfare, Civil Rights and Freedoms, Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities


Over 500 girls and young women aged seven to 21 took part and shared the challenges they face. The results have been analysed against findings from a similar 2018 survey, to compare what progress has been made and what issues remain.

The survey finds that whilst some progress has been made, such as through the introduction of free sanitary products in Scotland, girls still feel: pressured to look a certain way, underrepresented in politics and concerned about their safety in their local communities.

In contrast to 2018, young women and girls today have heightened concerns about the role of social media in their lives and the environment. Participants also expressed difficulties in making their voices heard and feeling like they have the same opportunities as boys.