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RSVP to our free Get in the Know* health empowerment workshop in San Francisco next week! 

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ubykotex:

Are you in? 

We are DEFINITELY in! GFC and Kotex will be breaking the silence in TEN cities across North America this year! Are we coming to your city?
NYC, Hartford, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Colorado Springs, Miami, Atlanta, LA, SF

ubykotex:

Are you in? 

We are DEFINITELY in! GFC and Kotex will be breaking the silence in TEN cities across North America this year! Are we coming to your city?

NYC, Hartford, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Colorado Springs, Miami, Atlanta, LA, SF

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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL!
Use hashtag #DayOfTheGirl on Twitter to follow the conversation and contribute!
check out www.dayofthegirl.org to find out more about the movement, find local celebrations in your town, and see how to get involved!

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL!

Use hashtag #DayOfTheGirl on Twitter to follow the conversation and contribute!

check out www.dayofthegirl.org to find out more about the movement, find local celebrations in your town, and see how to get involved!

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Off the field, research demonstrates that girls who participate in sports and physical activity are more likely than inactive girls to have better physical and emotional health, get better grades, and are at a reduced risk of getting involved with drugs or becoming a teen parent.  Simply put, sports give girls a toolkit for success. 

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halftheskymovement:

Ann Cotton comments on gender equality and education here saying, “Action is really what’s going to count for this generation of girls.” Cotton is the founder and executive director of Camfed, an international non-profit organization that fights poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa by educating girls and empowering women. Support Camfed and join the Half the Sky Movement.

(Source: youtube.com, via shesthefirst)

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Thanks Melissa for another great video!

 ‎”If you look closely at this new musical trend – which includes young, pretty, mostly white women singing the praises of drunken debauchery and questionable sex acts (“Questionable” because of the circumstances surrounding them, not because of the acts themselves.) what you notice is that the “empowerment” that it is selling (that women have gained sexual equality with men) might not be so empowering” - Social Action Rep Melissa Fabello 


What’s your take?

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I wasn’t sure if I could stand to read the entire article about Sahar Gul, a 13-year-old Afghan child bride. Beatings, horrific abuse, and starvation by Sahar’s 30-year-old husband and his family are described by New York Times reporter Graham Bowley.

According to“Wed and Tortured at 13, Afghan Girl Finds Rare Justice,”after about six months of marriage, her uncle found his niece nearly lifeless, tied up in a windowless cellar. Unlike most child brides, who remain invisible, treated like slaves, and have no legal justice, Sahar is now free and her in-laws have been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Thanks to a women’s shelter in Kabul, Sahar is reportedly regaining her physical and emotional health.

Recovering from this unimaginable nightmare is remarkable. What is even more remarkable is that Sahar’s courage extends to society as a whole. She declares her ambition:

“I want to become a politician and stop other women suffering the same.”


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sparkamovement:

From Detention Cells to the Stage:

The workshops began about 10 years ago, when Synchronicity raised a production of “Breath, Boom.” The play by Kia Corthron follows girl gangs in the Bronx through decades of violence, manipulation, abuse and emotional warfare, if they survive that long. The show’s cast wanted to reach out to girls in Atlanta, girls they knew were in similar situations, whose real lives were like the ones actors portrayed on stage. They organized a workshop inside a Georgia juvenile detention center, and it only took a day for the theater pros to decide they couldn’t stop then, after just one.

“It sparks this light in them that they do matter,” says Spear Purcell, the Playmaking for Girls program director. “Their voice matters and they can speak up and they don’t have to do it in a negative way. Even through continuing horrible, hard situations … they do have a voice.”

Since then, the theater group has returned to Georgia juvenile detention centers several times a year to help girls write plays about drug addiction, rape, abusive parents and cheating boyfriends, but also plays about finding love and making amends.

“When you meet these girls, they’re funny and they’re smart and they’re articulate and they’re confused and they’re mixed up and they’re complicated,” May said, “but they’re not a 30-second sound bite you can just easily dismiss.”

At the close of each detention center workshop, the Playmaking for Girls instructors wish the actors well, and say they hope to never see them there again.

But they do want to see them on the outside. A few years after the detention workshops began, Synchronicity created a one-week summer program for girls who had been released. It gave them something to do, a freer space to be creative and a public stage to show off the work they’d done. Girls memorized scripts, dances, songs and staging. There were costumes and lights, and a real stage to perform on. Volunteers brought meals for the cast, and the girls were paid $100 for the week, if they showed up on time every day.

This is a world that usually casts them as bad girls, if it remembers them at all. Here, everyone gets a new role.
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Code of Conduct for the Classy Gentleman design now available as iPhone and tablet cases

Last year we held a contest via Good Joe to create a t-shirt design for men who support the rights of women and girls. The winning design, Code of Conduct for the Classy Gentleman, is now available in kid size t-shirts as well as on iPhone and tablet covers!
10% of every sale goes right back to Girls For A Change. Let’s go shopping!
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Rule No. 1 
Modern Chivalry
When a lady enters a room a gentleman shall STAND UP for her rights 
Code of Conduct for the Classy Gentleman design now available as iPhone and tablet cases

Last year we held a contest via Good Joe to create a t-shirt design for men who support the rights of women and girls. The winning design, Code of Conduct for the Classy Gentleman, is now available in kid size t-shirts as well as on iPhone and tablet covers!

10% of every sale goes right back to Girls For A Change. Let’s go shopping!

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Rule No. 1 

Modern Chivalry

When a lady enters a room a gentleman shall STAND UP for her rights 

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Huge disappointment.