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Freedom of Uniform Choice Begins With Us!

Guest blog from our NSW Girls Uniform Rep, Karina McDougall We talk a lot about schools and policymakers offering girls a choice to wear shorts and pants with their uniform.  But what about when schools offer that choice to girls, but parents deny their daughters the freedom to exercise that choice? Take for example this conversation which took place in the uniform shop of one school this week: Daughter: Mum I want some shorts! Mum: No you have dresses. I’ll buy you the shirt

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**WARNING** Long List of Excuses For Refusing Girls Choice of Pants & Shorts

As 2019 takes off, we’re all still thinking about whether we should make new year’s resolutions and what the year ahead holds.  Here’s a reminder of the reasons we’ve heard for refusing girls the choice of pants and shorts.  If you’ve been thinking about doing something, or been put-off by your school, get in touch and get connected to your state rep.  If you’ve had a success, make sure you let us know, you can

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Discrimination in School Uniform Choice in Public, Private and Faith-Based Schools

The Australian Council of Human Rights Agencies (ACHRA) met to discuss discrimination in School Uniform Choice in Public, Private and Faith-Based Schools Girls’ Uniform Agenda have been working with a number of anti-discrimination commissioners across Australia to explore what can be done about schools that force girls to wear skirts and dresses. Thanks to our advocacy, the issue of girls’ school uniforms was on the agenda when ACHRA met in Adelaide on 18 and 19

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Schools Ban Pants and Shorts for Girls

Said no headline ever. Requiring girls to wear dresses and skirts, with no other options, is a ban on shorts and pants.   We see Australian headlines of schools banning skirts and dresses; and the absolute outrage in the UK following the decision of 40 secondary schools to ban skirts.  We don’t see headlines of the shorts and pants ban for girls.  Yet, girls still can’t wear shorts and pants in schools across Australia, in

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The Long and Skort of it

Skorts are not shorts; culottes are not pants.  Seems obvious, but some schools still resist offering the more practical, affordable and comfortable shorts and pants options for girls.  The perfect uniform choices for boys are somehow unsuitable for girls.  Let’s face it – the skort and culottes are often preferred by schools because they look like skirts.  They often do look like a skirt, and are only slightly more functional.  They can be flimsy, floppy

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Time to Change – Girls’ Uniform From a Teacher’s Perspective

Guest blog from Early Year’s Teacher and Girls’ Uniform Agenda Supporter, Louise Lenzo I work in a non-denominational private school, which caters for learners from pre-school to year 12. The early learning unit is based on a modern Montessori method of teaching and learning. The Montessori Method of education is based on self-directed activities with hands on learning where children make choices and develop their potential. With the Montessori approach in mind, I find the

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School Uniform Shift Gives Girls the Freedom to Move

Radio Interview Transcript: Patricia Karvelas on RN Drive talking to Principal Elizabeth Rhodes, Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School Melbourne. Presenter: Haha, the playground where kids get to run around, play games, burn off all the excess energy at recess and lunchtime.  That’s the idea anyway, but some schools are finding that’s not the case for every kid, especially girls feeling restricted by their uniforms.   That’s why one school at least, has decided to level the

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State laws exempt private & religious schools – let’s change them too

74% of voting Australians agree we should not allow religious schools to discriminate against LGBTIQ+ students. Similarly, we should not allow religious schools to discriminate against girls. Currently, girls who attend religious, private and Independent schools are overwhelmingly forced to wear skirts and dresses to school. The option of shorts and pants is nowhere in sight. You may wonder how this can happen. Don’t we have laws to prevent this kind of discrimination? We do,

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