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Knowledge is Power-Start Early

What great ideas!

My take on empowering women is to start early and concentrate efforts on improving a girl's self image.

A healthy, positive self image is the basis of developing a healthy attitude where a girl will empower herself by making principle-based decisions on her beliefs and values and she will also have the confidence to dream big.

One way of doing this is to introduce leadership building workshops into all school curriculums across the globe. Knowledge is power, and if we empower young women with leadership training within existing school systems, it will result in a paradigm mentality shift.

This leadership training should involve some of the following components to ensure a well-balanced curriculum:
- Exploring and prioritizing one’s own values/beliefs/interests so that young women can be encouraged to use them as a compass when making decisions.
- Providing a safe, comfortable environment where young women are encouraged to share their concerns and possible solutions with one another. This peer-on-peer connection will foster dialogue about tough issues and empower young women to help one another.
- Educate young women about existing mentorship programs, women empowerment organizations and help agencies.
- Allow guest speakers who have overcome great odds or have something of value to contribute to speak to the young women on a regular basis. This will help young women relate to positive role models.
- Dare young girls to think big. Encourage creativity and teach goal-setting techniques such as S.M.A.R.T goals(specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely).

Overall I think every young woman would benefit greatly as a result of regular leadership training embedded into existing school systems. Starting early, during a girl's primary education years, will definitely help her build a positive self-image, a healthy attitude and after that the sky’s the limit!

Can you imagine what the world would look like 25 years from now, if all of today's young schoolgirls had undergone at least 5 years of leadership/empowerment training?

Comments

Lisa's picture

Girl Power!

There are so many bold ideas here! I love this line: "Dare young girls to think big." If only all girls had such encouragement and leadership training! I went into the bookstore the other day and was looking at the wall of new titles. Only a few on the entire wall were authored by women. We still have a long way to go and a lot of work to do!

Here are some organizations on PulseWire doing similar work. Have you met them, yet?

Adelante Chicas http://worldpulse.com/user/655
New Moon Girls http://worldpulse.com/user/411
Julie Fiandt of Think Girl http://worldpulse.com/user/141

Another organization not on PulseWire but also involved with girl empowerment and self image is Sista II Sista (http://www.sistaiisista.org/) of Brooklyn, New York. I wish you all the best with the year ahead!

Warmly,

Lisa

jadefrank's picture

Starting at a young age

Your idea is so wonderful and so BOLD! Creating leadership building workshops for young girls to participate in, with a goal of every girl receiving at least 5 years of training, will make such a difference. I think you're onto something here - in that often women lack the encouragement to follow their inner-leader. If they are taught at a young age to embrace that feeling and be empowered, than it would create a very different and exciting world for sure.

Warm regards,
Jade

Prat's picture

Thanks

Thank you Jade and Lisa for your encouraging comments!

Personally, I've started advocating the need to implement such leadership building workshops into community centres in my area. I'm hoping that the results will speak for themselves and make it easier to make a case for having school boards implement such programs into their cirriculum.

However, I see the need for such programming in every country! Hopefully starting in my own backyard will create some momentum.

P.S. Lisa, thanks for recommending those sites. I took a look at them and they are very inspiring!

Warm regards,
Prat

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