Require gender neutral school uniforms in Scottish schools
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My name is Jess Insall, and I am a Scottish schoolgirl. At the age of 5, I and many other girls around the country went to school for the first time. We started leaning about some of the wonders of this world such as maths and English, but many of also learnt of the inequalities we'd face for the rest of our lives. We were told we had to wear skirts, whist the boys were allowed to wear trousers. We were shown that whilst it's ok for boys to do cartwheels and hang upside down from bars, we couldn't, because our underwear would show. We were taught to accept inequality as the norm, from the age of 5 years old.
It's not right that any young girls should feel held back by their gender, and the Scottish government has the power to change that. Schools should be required to implement gender neutral school uniforms. "Gender neutral" doesn't mean everyone has to wear the same thing. All it means is that instead of making all girls wear skirts and all boys wear trousers, schools let all pupils choose between skirts and trousers. Schools will maintain freedom to choose what pupils can or can't wear, whilst ensuring that all pupils are treated equally. It might be a small change, but it will make a huge difference.
This is also a crucial issue for trans and non-binary pupils. Every pupil deserves the right to feel valued and respected at school, but all too often this is not reality for these pupils. Forcing them to choose between a "boy" and "girl" uniform is not acceptable. By allowing them freedom to choose how to dress appropriately for their identity from a set list of uniform items, pupils can dress comfortably, whilst schools lose no control over their uniforms.
If you believe that all pupils deserve equality regardless of their gender, please sign this petition.
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