G Day for girls is a social movement anchored by day- long events that emphasize self-esteem and leadership for girls ages 10-12. I had the absolute honour of volunteering at G Days inaugural event on April, 28th and my daughter attended the event as well. The both of us had an incredible day and left G Day feeling inspired, empowered and connected on a deeper level, with ourselves and others. You can read more about our experience here: https://stylingtheinside.com/2014/05/16/gday-for-girls/
On Sunday, November 02nd, the second G Day for girls will be taking place at the Chan Centre for performing arts at UBC. I feel so fortunate that I was able to volunteer at the last event. Not only did I get to mentor some of the 250 girls at G Day, I also experienced the day with my daughter. On November 02nd, you don’t have to be a volunteer to attend with your daughter. They are offering some new afternoon programming for “champions” (parents, care-givers, aunts, uncles, elder siblings, etc). This time allotted in the afternoon, will give the “champions” a chance to actively participate in the event!
This fall boasts a wonderful lineup of speakers and artists, some returning, some new, and all very inspiring! You can read their bios here http://ow.ly/BVzP9
These statistics shown here, that I came across on Gdayforgirls.com are some of the many reasons that I am grateful for movements like G Day.
Girls between 11 and 14 see on average 500 ads a day. – Frank W. Baker
Canada has the 9th highest rate of bullying in the 13 year-olds category on a scale of 35 countries. (Canadian Institutes of Health Research)
At least 1 in 3 adolescent students in Canada have reported being bullied recently. (Canadian Institutes of Health Research)
Any participation in bullying increases risk of suicidal ideas in youth. (Canadian Institutes of Health Research)
Girls are more likely to be bullied on the Internet than boys. (Canadian Institutes of Health Research)
By the age of 14 more than half (55%) of Canadian girls already feel pressure to be beautiful. (Dove)
Nearly half (47%) of Canadian girls between the ages of 10 and 17 have avoided social activities like going to the beach, participating in physical activities, going to school or giving an opinion because they feel badly about the way they look. (Dove)
While 13% of Canadian girls (ages 10-14) are comfortable calling themselves ‘beautiful’, this number slides to 6% for girls ages 15-17 and to only 3% for women (ages 18-64); the percentage of girls who claim to be confident declines from 76% of girls 10-14 to only 56% of girls 15-17. (Dove)
G Day supports and empowers girls ages 10-12, to feel confident, and capable as they enter adolescence!