Girls Are So Much More Than Just One Label

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

My daughter is a hockey player; a student, a little sister, a big sister, a baker, a daycare assistant, a best friend, an artist, a snowboarder, and recently a member of a leadership group at her high school. She's not unusual; she's like many women and girls. We are more than just one thing.

Alexa Loo: From Olympic Medals to Municipal Politics

Alison Tedford | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Living
Alison Tedford

Alexa Loo is a two-time Olympic Snowboarder and was the first Canadian woman to win a World Cup medal in parallel giant slalom in 2006 in Italy. She was born in Richmond and is working to make it a better place through her role in municipal government.

What Happens When Girls Flee Conflict Zones

World Vision | Posted 10.11.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

As a little girl growing up in the 1980s during the final years of Lebanon's 15-year civil war, my family often had to take shelter underground from these attacks. I can remember the sting of my fear, how I could almost smell it in my mother and father and siblings.

Unleash the Power of Adolescent Girls

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 10.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

To unleash the power of the adolescent girls is to create a world where girls are able to take advantage of any and every opportunity to come her way. It means to create a world where she not only has access to education, but also the freedom to attend school. Where she has reliable sources of nutrition-rich food and clean water, and doesn't have to risk sexual assault to collect it.

Achieving Girls' Rights Will Take More Than Removing Barriers

Plan International Canada | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Nearly 90 per cent of girls tell Plan International that they have more opportunities in life than their mothers did. That's progress. But in developing countries, girls are twice as likely as boys to suffer malnutrition, and 63 million girls (many more than boys) don't attend school. Removing barriers to education, health care and other rights isn't enough. We need to focus on how girls can move beyond merely surviving, to thriving.

A Summer 'Vacation' Likely to End in Horror

Raheel Raza | Posted 08.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Raheel Raza

This phenomenon of taking children back to their native countries during the summer break to undergo female genital mutilation is called "vacation cutting." FGM is a horrendous, harmful and painful cultural practice that involves partial or total removal of a girl's genitalia, ostensibly as a rite of maturity but more clearly to control a girl's sexuality.

What it Really Looks Like When My Kids Dress Themselves

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

Every now and then, I hear someone say, "Oh, I just love it when kids dress themselves. It's so adorable!" When they say this, I know exactly what they are picturing -- a little girl wearing a fun combination of fashionable clothing, full of delightfully mismatched colours and unconventional pattern combinations.

How This NGO Is Teaching Girls Taboo Subjects

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 07.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

Talking about sexual and reproductive health with students is always a little bit awkward, even in the best of situations! Having these discussions within a culture that often considers anything related to reproductive health to be taboo can be particularly challenging -- and incredibly important. In rural Tanzania, such topics are rarely discussed. The national curriculum includes the topics of menstruation and reproductive health, but these topics are frequently rushed through, or skipped altogether, by uncomfortable teachers in underfunded, overcrowded schools.

Sports Can Give Girls Around the World the Chance to Succeed

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

There's no question that sports can play a critical role in boosting girls' self-confidence and determination. Many of us have known the girl who claims to be "totally uncoordinated," only to score the winning point for her basketball team. Or the shy, uncertain child who had trouble speaking up in class and now kicks butt in karate. Here's a photo gallery of the transforming effect sports can have on girls, no matter where they live.

Is Women's Armpit Hair A Fad Or A Form Of Feminism?

The Huffington Post Canada | Brittany Goldfield Rodrigues | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Style

Where do you stand on this hairy debate?

7 Qualities Every Woman Should Look for in Friends

TamilCulture | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living

I've just entered the beginning of my 30s and there are quite a few things about life that I'm still confused by and haven't quite "figured out" yet. But there's one thing, without a doubt, that I feel I've managed to really figure out -- it's the type of girlfriends that I should work hard to keep in my life.

Lena Dunham Celebrates Her Freedom In Lingerie

The Huffington Post Canada | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Style

Because how else should you celebrate being free?

How Gender Stereotyping Impacts Women in STEM

Dr. Imogen Coe | Posted 05.24.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Imogen Coe

Women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The underlying reasons for this gender imbalance are complex but research suggests gender stereotyping from the earliest age impacts the enrollment of women in STEM.

To the Women Who Wear Bikinis in Front of My Daughters

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

I don't ever want my kids to see me avoid participating in something because I'm worried about how I look, but I also want to feel comfortable and relaxed, which I find difficult in any kind of bathing suit. So thank you to the women who wear bikinis in front of my daughters, for showing my girls that confident women come in all shapes and sizes.

6 Ways to Make Math, Science and Technology Fun for Girls (and Boys)

Leyla Seka | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living
Leyla Seka

Over the past few months there's been a lot of conversation about whether women are getting a fair shake in Silicon Valley. It's fantastic that there's so much focus on gender equality, but most of the discussion bypasses the fact that we still need to get more women to even try to succeed in technology.

Let's Believe Women Who Report Sexual Assault

Lee Tunstall | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Living
Lee Tunstall

Survivors of sexual assault experience a great deal of shame and guilt, particularly young women, as they internalize the victim-blaming messages conveyed by the media. This often keeps them from seeking the support they so desperately need. This International Women's Day, we need to encourage more initiatives that are centred on girls and young women. We need to commit to eliminating barriers to accessing support for survivors of sexual violence. And we need to support projects that deconstruct and challenge rape culture. But most importantly, we must listen and believe young women when they speak.

Three Reasons to Grow Your Pubic Hair

Carlen Costa | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

2014 may have been the year of the nipple (#FreeTheNipple), but 2015 is definitely the year of the bush (#PubeGame). Pubic hair is so popular right now, it's vogue. From mild to moderate tuffs, harbouring tiny strands of love in between your legs has been all the rage so far this year and it has no intention of slowing down.

How One Woman Escaped Forced Marriage and Thrived

Katie Zeppieri | Posted 03.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Katie Zeppieri

At 23 years of age, Nasreen Sheikh radically redefines what it means to be a Nepali woman. She is a Sunni Muslim living in a predominately Hindu community and is the founder of a fair-trade sewing collective called Local Women's Handicrafts. Nasreen is an outlier in her community. Typically, most Nepali girls marry between the ages of 15 and 18. The pressure to have a married daughter began to increase with each year Nasreen remained single however, and in 2014, Nasreen's parents decided that they had to take action. For Nasreen, this arranged marriage would have meant the end of Local Women's Handicrafts.

What I Hear When You Call My Unborn Daughter a "Drama Queen"

Vicki Murphy | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

"Good luck with the little drama queen," they say when they find out I'm expecting a girl. It seems we gals have a rep right out of the womb -- as dramatic, irrational whack-jobs. So, when one of us is assaulted and comes forward, many people instantly think: oh she's exaggerating, seeking attention or revenge or a payday. It's a pattern, after all.

Five Ways You Can Promote Gender Equality in Your Workplace

Katie Zeppieri | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Living
Katie Zeppieri

With the help of Kumpf, UNDP and the UN Foundation, I have compiled a list of some easy ways that you can take action today to help "paint the world orange" and promote gender equality in your workplace.

How Football Helped One Woman Reach Her Dreams

Dana Marie Krook | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Dana Marie Krook

Although for Taylor, football seems to be about fun, fitness and friends, she is building potential inside herself, as well as creating an example for other girls about what is possible when you go after what you want. Perhaps she doesn't see that just yet. But I think she will.

What to Do on a Weekend In Ottawa | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Travel

Think Ottawa is a sleepy government town with little to offer other than politicians? Think again. Three friends and I embarked on a weekend road trip to take in the food, entertainment and history that the city and outlying area have to offer. Ottawa did not disappoint.

Canadian Girls Are Suffering From "Supergirl Dilemma"

Saman Ahsan | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Living
Saman Ahsan

While it's always good practice to stop and celebrate our achievements and accomplishments, we still have a long way to go to truly empower girls. The non-profit organization, Girls' Inc. coined the term "supergirl dilemma" in a 2006 report to describe the pressure on girls to be everything to everyone, all the time.

I'm On An Emotional Rollercoaster With Lena Dunham

Hannah Jack | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

Dunham has changed the game on how young women can talk about their bodies, and their lives, and their problems. But my general reaction to this sentiment is UGH because we had to wait for someone to do that. I can be funny and popular now because the general public has a frame of reference for me. People can now qualify how funny or attractive I am based on another human being's life.

Keep Gender Stereotypes Out of Raising Kids

Jenn Neilson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jenn Neilson

With kids growing up surrounded by advertising, movies and TV, toys, books, and clothes that tell them that some things are for girls, and others are for boys, we're already fighting an uphill battle if our goal is to raise girls who know that they can solve tough, real world problems, and boys who are interested in collaboration, not just competition.