"Girls"

I'm Proving Women Are Wired For The Male-Dominated Tech Industry

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

Traditional occupations with high rates of female workers in Russia are medicine, education, hospitality and service industries. Ironically, these happen to be the industries with not-so-high salaries and meager career opportunities. The most lucrative careers are predominantly male, and there is no trend of change on the gender front.

Creating Positive Change For Women In Italy

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Business
G(irls)20

I believe that if institutions create greater educational and economic opportunities for women, we would immediately begin to see the positive impact on society. In my opinion, the Italian Government should highlight the capabilities of girls by creating more opportunities for dialogue to influence policies that benefit women and girls.

A Message To Parents Sending Daughters Back To School

Linda Simpson | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

As your daughter heads off to school with her pocket full of your first-day advice, remind her to be her sister's keeper, as well. With today's hyper-media connectivity, it is quite safe to say that if there are problems in a girl's life somebody knows something.

You Play Like A Girl? Good For You

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 07.11.2016 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

Teamwork is of course one of the biggest benefits in sports for kids, but a recent study shows that while this is cited as one of the key benefits of girls staying in sports (as well as increased confidence and leadership skills), half of girls quit playing sports by the end of puberty.

Want To Empower Rural Women? Give Them Sanitary Pads

G(irls)20 | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

Menstruation is universal, it is a part of a woman's identity and is something all women have to go through every single month. What the advertising neglects us to see is the thousands of women out there who have to work under very harsh conditions while having their periods.

Empowering The Girl In The Changing Room Mirror

Linda Maslechko | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Maslechko

The truth is that girls' bodies are designed to grow and change shape throughout their formative years and it's natural and perfectly normal that they do so at different rates. So it's no wonder that the long-held standard in kids' fashion that a size 10 is ideal for a 10-year old is potentially damaging to one's self-esteem.

How A Smartphone Game Is Busting Menstrual Taboos

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

Menstruation is one of the leading causes of absenteeism among adolescent girls, with girls in Kenya missing an average of four days each month. Without access to accurate and essential health information, girls have limited understanding of how their bodies work. Femme International's study in Nairobi showed that 80 per cent of girls had no idea what menstruation was before their first period, leading to feelings of fear, confusion, and shame. A new smartphone game aims to change that.

How Menstruation Affects The Sustainable Development Goals

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

There is one critical issue that has been omitted from the SDGs -- the issue of addressing menstrual health and hygiene. Menstruation affects half of the global population. It is a topic that all women and girls are intimately familiar with and yet it is so rarely talked about on the global stage.

Things Only Ladies Will Ever Know About

Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Living

From pregnancy to the nuisance that is getting a manicure, here are a few things only the ladies will ever know about

Working To Make Women's Rights The New Normal In Nepal

Jess Tomlin | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Jess Tomlin

It's not easy to be a girl here. And it's clear to me that it's not the strangers who are the biggest threat. It's poverty. It's the lack of good options. It's the prevalence of sexual violence, especially for Nepal's Dalit and Indigenous girls. And it's something else, too. It's the lack of programs for men and boys.

Stop Making Sexist Career Suggestions For My Baby

Jean Lomas-Hamilton | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Jean Lomas-Hamilton

"Look at her kick those legs! She's going to be a dancer when she grows up!" It's an innocent enough comment, and I know it's mostly just a way to make conversation, but it's really starting to irk me. I think it has to do with the sexist assumptions embedded in these kinds of statements.

Becoming A Woman

Jowita Bydlowska | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Living
Jowita Bydlowska

Is getting a divorce a sign of womanhood? It is. I've never felt being a woman more acutely than I do, presently. No, it doesn't make me feel amazing at all -- but I am on my own, which is hard but it is empowering.

Unlocking The Potential Of 1 Billion Women And Girls

Joel C. Spicer | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Impact
Joel C. Spicer

Roughly one billion women and girls worldwide -- almost 30 times the population of Canada -- suffer from malnutrition. This has catastrophic consequences not only for them and for their children, but for the world, as the loss of women's full potential hinders the social and economic development of entire countries.

50 Seconds Of The Newest 'Girls' Season

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada Living

The girls are back!

Is Your Daughter At Risk For Sex Trafficking?

Joy Smith Foundation | Posted 12.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Joy Smith Foundation

Parents need to understand what the signs are to ensure their daughters are safe. All young girls can be targets for predators. Girls who are being bullied at school, struggling with changes on the home front or otherwise dealing with self-esteem issues are especially vulnerable.

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 08.25.2016 | 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 08.06.2016 | 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 07.28.2016 | 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 07.12.2016 | 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?