Schools against sexism

Petition: Ask UK schools to tackle sexism

ScSchools Against Sexism Blackboardhools should be safe places for everyone. Yet one in three girls in the UK experiences ‘groping’ at schools and sexual harassment is routine.

Schools have a unique and critical role to play in addressing harmful attitudes and abusive behaviour. It’s time for schools to make gender equality a priority and support students who are standing up against sexism.

We want headteachers in schools across the UK to sign the Schools Against Sexism pledge. This will commit them to:

  • LEAD: Take the lead on safety and gender equality
  • TEACH: Teach to prevent violence against women and girls
  • SUPPORT: Support girls and women experiencing violence

Read the full Schools Against Sexism Pledge


I want headteachers to commit to tackling sexism in schools

This petition is for everyone to sign- not just students. It will be used by students to demonstrate support for making their school a School Against Sexism.

“Feminism needs to be in schools because it forms part of the language surrounding inequality. It helps people to see, conceive and articulate that an unequal world exists and, importantly, can be challenged. That feeling, that even in an imperfect world we can attempt to be part of something better, should be fundamental to any education system.” Sal, Schools Against Sexism Petition

“The Mary Alys Trust supports this important petition which should help schools take a step toward eradicating sexism not just in school but in society. If boys and girls are developing unhealthy attitudes whilst in school, reinforcing the status quo, sexism will prevail and violence against women will not diminish. Congratulations to all the school head teachers taking this action.” Lorraine, Schools Against Sexism Petition

Read our blog about Why We Need Schools to Pledge Against Sexism

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