The Women’s Centre has worked with girls since 2008. Running programs with girls because they know they experience challenges unique to their gender. Many of these issues, such as restrictive gender stereotypes, negative body image, unhealthy relationships and violence, are shaped by systemic forces such as sexism, racism, and poverty. These forces require changing, and girls need skills to cope with and make change with the help of adult allies.
At Girl Up girls will be able to explore issues affecting their lives, support each other, and engage in social action and leadership projects in a safe and supportive environment. Sessions will be three months long: January-March 2017, and April-June 2017. Girls are welcome to participate in one, two or all three of the sessions. All issues to be explored, projects to take on and other ways of learning about activism and leadership will be determined by the girls who participate.
By bringing girls aged 14-17 together to participate in, lead, and facilitate workshops, meetings and social action projects, Girl Up at the Women’s Centre will support girls to recognize their unique strengths and abilities as individuals and their collective power as a group, while exploring different approaches to leadership and supporting girls to work for change in their communities.
Girl Up is free of cost, including snacks, all supplies, and transit tickets if needed.
Girl Power After School is a free, drop-in program for girls 10-12 years old. The program runs Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30pm. Programming begins at 4:00 to allow for travel time from school for the participants. The Girl Power After School program is free of cost, including snacks, all supplies, and transit tickets if needed.
The program will resume again on January 10, 2017 and will run until the end of June.
The goals of Girl Power After School are to support girls to build confidence in themselves and their abilities while making friends with other girls and practicing leadership and activism skills. Girls who have attended the program have said that the program created a feeling of safety for them, made them feel confident, helped them make friends, taught them new skills, showed them what other girls experience, encouraged them to think critically, and helped them to see themselves as leaders.
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