Posted by: meredithbuchanan | May 7, 2010

Status of Women Conference for Girls

Today I had the opportunity to help out with the Status of Woman’s Conference for Girls. This conference is all about empowering young women to be assertive leaders. Schools across Toronto were invited to send groups of female students to partake in this event. The keynotes and workshops aimed to break down gender based bias, explore beauty in the mass media, critically examine the world of cyberbullying, and learn about globalization and issues of equity.

One of the very relevant and engaging workshops at the Conference for Girls.

One of the very relevant and engaging workshops at the Conference for Girls.

At the end of the day we held a small awards ceremony, honoring some of the young women who are leaders in their school’s girls club.

“You throw like a girl!” a phrase I have heard countless times since I was young, and I never really thought too hard about it. I’m thinking now though, and since when did my gender become an insult?

This is important work that needs to see more attention. So many lies are fed to our young girls on a daily basis, telling them what they should look like, how they should act, and who they should be. If you have ever stood in line for groceries you know what I am talking about. There is a serious misrepresentation of what a beautiful woman looks like. We need to create places where we can begin to break down distorted ways of thinking and have these conversations with our girls.

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