G Day For Girls - Nov 2nd, 2014



The first GDay was held in April, 2014,  and the upcoming G Day event will be on November 2nd, 2014 at the UBC Chan Centre For The Performing Arts. 

About:

G Day is a global social movement anchored by day-long events that celebrate and empower girls aged 10-12 as they transition into adolescence. We seek to resurrect, modernize and share the wisdom and mystery that were once passed down from generation to generation.
G Day honours this rite of passage by tapping into our collective sense of curiosity, bravery and  excitement at the amazing changes taking place. Our goal is to create a space where girls can come together and explore what makes them unique as individuals as well as what connects them to one another.
Click here to see the Speakers and their Bios.
Many women have submitted their #GDayStories to the G Day Blog - read mine here.



Details:

* Tickets are $75 - click here to purchase
* Transgender girls are welcome: At G Day our feeling is that anyone who feels like they’re a girl and wishes to call themselves a girl (and is between 10 and 12 years old) is welcome at the event.
* There will be a section of time for parents or guardians and family to participate actively in the event
* 250 girls attended the April G Day event


Madeleine Shaw:

She is the co-founder (with her longtime business partner Suzanne Siemens) of East Vancouver-based Lunapads.com, an ecommerce retailer and manufacturer of natural feminine hygiene products.


Madeleine Shaw is a social entrepreneur known for her longstanding commitment to progressive business practices, girls’ empowerment and women’s entrepreneurship.

She is also co-founder of Pads4Girls, a social change project that provides sustainable hygiene supplies to girls in developing nations to support their school attendance. Since its inception in 2000, Pads4Girls has touched the lives of over 150,000 girls in 17 countries.


Relevant Stats:
* 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)

Take a look at the G Day site for more details: gdayforgirls.com 

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