By the age of 14, girls drop out of sports twice as often as boys. Social stigma, lack of access, safety and transportation issues, costs and lack of positive role models can all contribute to the reasons why girls drop out of sports in their adolescent years.
Investing in the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Providing women with education, access to health care and opportunities for employment, comes back tenfold as they tend to invest a higher share of their earnings back into their communities.
“We started getting more involved with the ‘why’ of it,” said Eaves. “Why aren’t girls as interested in science and engineering
In her video, Avery explains how she use to compare her physical appearance to other girls at school. "Their kind of beauty
This is a beautiful adaptation of the book of the same name by Witi Ihimaera, which I also recommend highly. Ihimaera wrote
We knew it was becoming increasingly difficult to raise happy, healthy girls with good self-esteem in our increasingly shallow, beauty-obsessed society. We felt we could do a better job at this together than separately.
Telling young women that they should choose a husband while in college because you can't swing a backpack there without hitting a guy is like wanting babies to pick a car when they're infants simply because at no other time in their lives will so many people hand them car keys to play with.
Not so. Sometimes it seems like the whole world is conspiring against your daughter’s self-esteem: the ads in her magazines
At the Global Fund for Children, we believe that the metaphor of the backpack -- a symbol of learning, mobility and independence -- and its contents could help girls control, and indeed transform, their own destinies.
The founder of the school, Kakenya Ntaiya, grew up in a hut made of straw, mud, and dung with no running water or electricity. She was born in 1978, but does not know the exact day -- her mother cannot remember. She was engaged at age five to the six-year-old boy next door.