A MAJOR new study by global children’s charity Plan International UK has declared Bromsgrove to be the best area in the West Midlands for girls to grow up in.
The charity launched the report as part of its flagship Because I am a Girl campaign to tackle gender inequality.
The striking results were gathered from a league table of 29 different local authorities from across the West Midlands.
Researchers used five key indicators to rank each area, which included child poverty, female life expectancy, teenage pregnancy, girls’ GCSE results and the numbers of girls Not in Education, Employment or Training.
The top five areas after Bromsgrove were Stratford-on-Avon, Warwick, Wychavon and Solihull.
Sandwell was scored the worst place to grow up, followed by Telford and Wrekin, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton and Coventry, while Birmingham was ranked seventh worst out of the 29 authorities in the region.
Chair of Bromsgrove Ladies Club Victoria Hadley told the Standard: “We are very proud to be part of the Bromsgrove community.
“The club has been involved with several fund-raising activities, including support for the Birmingham neonatal unit and the breast cancer unit at Royal Worcester Hospital.
“Our research shows there is such a wide variety of activities available to the community in Bromsgrove, it’s just an amazing area to live.
“It’s also an affluent area and we’re lucky the council has more money at its fingertips than perhaps other councils to invest into activities.”
Plan International’s head of girls’ rights Kerry Smiths said: “Even within the region, our study shows a girl’s life chances are strongly tied to where she lives.
“Urgent action is needed at local and national level to improve girls’ lives in the West Midlands.”
The charity is calling for a six-point action plan to progress girls’ rights across the UK.