Youth Forum Gender Equality Film

At the UK Youth Parliament (UKYP) election result night, Off the Record/ BANES Youth Forum launched their new Gender Equality campaign video.

Championed by former BANES MYP Beccy Thomspson and made in collaboration with Fixers, the Team have produced a film which looks at the issue of gender identity and encourages people to challenge and change their negative stereotypes and see others as individuals.

“Being a young woman growing up with comments and jokes thrown at you – you do become accustomed to it. And then I got to an age when I thought that’s not okay. I need to do something about this.”  Beccy is using her experiences of sexism to stand up to gender discrimination.

Her story was broadcast on ITV News West Country (E) on Thursday 16th February 2016.  Click here to view the news pieceThe 17-year-old tells ITV about the need for equality and explains how traditionally held stereotypes of men and women can restrict individuals when it comes to life choices.

‘If you are too loud or too bossy, that’s a bad thing. But if you are a boy and are confident or strong, that’s good,’ explains Beccy, MYP for Bath. ‘I think it’s hard to overcome that and realise that “actually, I can do whatever I want.”  ‘Me and the Youth Forum have been working with Fixers to get more young people talking about gender equality.’

Watch the film here:


Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.