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Resilience is the ability to make lemonade when life hands you lemons, to get back up when you've been knocked down. A lack of resilience leaves you emotionally vulnerable, with a low sense of self-worth, accepting of mistreatment, and unable to see solutions to problems.
Considering the challenges facing today's girls, resilience is more important than ever.
As the end of 2013 approaches, I've been reflecting upon the incredible number of media stories about women's issues over the last several months.
Models are speaking out about excessive photoshopping. Rape chants during frosh week sparked a conversation about 'rape culture.' The tragic death of Rehteah Parsons generated a long-overdue conversation about online safety laws.
October 11 2013, is the second annual International Day of the Girl Child, as declared by the United Nations. This day was declared to raise awareness of the unique challenges faced by girls around the world and to promote their human rights. In Canada, girls are at their highest lifetime risk for sexual assault between the ages of 13 and 15. And according to a recent study from the American Psychological Association the sexualization of women in media has intensified to the point where it is actually damaging girls' mental health.
At the Canadian Women's Foundation, we are speaking out to demand an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Earlier this summer, the Federal government rejected a call from Canada's premiers for an inquiry into Canada's 582 missing and murdered women. Without an inquiry, we can't even begin to end this crisis. These are Canadian women and girls. They are mothers, daughters, sisters and aunts who belong to families that deserve to know what happened to their loved ones.
Do you consider yourself outspoken?
Finding our voice is essential to becoming our authentic selves. It's especially important for women and girls who are struggling to move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence. You are helping to make that happen for thousands of women and girls across Canada.
One of the best things about summer is getting together with friends for picnics, BBQs, or drinks on the patio. Sounds harmless, right? But a surprising number of Canadians seem to think women who drink alcohol are "asking for it." According to a new survey conducted by the Canadian Women's Foundation, almost 20% of respondents said women may provoke sexual assault by drinking too much.
You might hear it called modern day slavery.
It's an extreme form of violence against women, and it's hiding in plain sight. With your help, the Canadian Women's Foundation is taking a stand to end human trafficking of women and young girls for the purpose of sexual exploitation in Canada.
Over the years, I've talked to many women who have found the courage to escape violence. Every one of those conversations reminds me of the power of ending the silence. We must continue to talk about violence against women. We must continue to speak up, even if we are met with disinterest, denial, hostility, or victim-blaming. We must let women know help is available, and that they will be heard and believed. And we must continue to share our own stories.
Lately it seems that every day I read another atrocious story about physical or sexual violence against women. While we'd like to think women and girls in Canada are safe from this type of violence, the facts say otherwise. Every six days, another woman in Canada is murdered by her current or former partner. Every night in Canada, more than 3,000 women (along with their 2,500 children) are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter because it's not safe for them at home. Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of sixteen. But you can offer hope.
Tomorrow is International Women's Day.
It's also a good time to recognize how far away true freedom and equality for women and girls remains - while some insist 'women are already equal,' our latest research shows Canadians know this isn't true. In a recent Omnibus Angus Reid opinion poll on behalf of the Canadian Women's Foundation, 51% of Canadians said they believed women were not yet equal in Canada. Here are three simple but powerful ways you can honour this wonderful day.
According to a recent survey we commissioned, 90 per cent of Canadians agree that exposure to hypersexualized images is a problem for girls.
Given the power of media to teach, it's no surprise that, as one researcher says, "Girls live with the pervasive sentiment that they are not as important as boys."
This time of year, many of us make ambitious resolutions with notoriously mixed results! How about a resolution that's not only fun, but also helps women and girls across Canada? Find out more about KindCycle and how your investment is helping women & girls.