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Girls win more space in new playgrounds

Rennes is to be the second city in France to create “non-gender” playgrounds which do not allow “boys’ games” to dominate.

The mairie plans to review playground layout at two new primary schools and wants to create various games areas for both sexes.

Rennes mairie spokeswoman Anne Esnault said: “Playgrounds reflect stereotypes which  keep inequalities between the sexes.”

The goal is to avoid having one main game area, such as a football pitch, at the centre.

Although some girls play football, boys are often found in a majority at the centre of the playground while children playing different games are on the sides.

Unicef recently stated that playgrounds are difficult spaces to share, saying boys’ games are often prioritised.

Trappes (Île-de-France) introduced non-gender playgrounds for a third of its pre-schools last year.

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