The report by the charity Plan International UK looked at factors including education, teenage pregnancy and child poverty.
It revealed a huge geographical divide for girls’ prospects, with inner city areas performing worst and the south-east performing the best.
In the bottom five just above Middlesbrough are Blackpool, Manchester, Nottingham and Liverpool.
Following Waverley in the top five are Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire, Chiltern in Buckinghamshire, and Mole Valley and Epsom and Ewell, both in Surrey.
But the authors of the report stressed that girls across the UK are being “failed” and urged the Government to take “urgent action”.
Lucy Russell, UK girls’ rights campaigner for Plan and co-author of the report, said: “Our overall conclusion is the UK is failing girls and what needs to happen is urgent action to address this.
“We heard very strongly from girls that they were facing harassment every day, that meant they were facing harassment in schools, they were getting name-calling, unwanted sexual touching, groping.
“They also told us that they don’t feel safe online and that they are scared when they walk to and from school.
“We also heard that girls feel very, very concerned about their body image and about the messages they are getting from social media and magazines, translating to a very serious extent into mental health issues.
“Our conclusion is that despite being one of the most developed countries on earth, there are too many girls in the UK who aren’t enjoying their rights.”
The charity is calling for girls committees to be set up, mandatory sex and relationship education, and greater cross-departmental government working to address the problems.
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