Girls up to age 14 are 15.6% of Canada’s population (Statistics Canada, 2021).
Girls and non-binary young people, struggle with unique gendered inequities and stereotypes. The years between nine and 13 are a critical time for their healthy development. Tailored interventions such as girl-focused programs can make a big difference in their health and well-being, sense of connection and belonging, participation and learning, leadership, and healthy relationships as they grow.
Overall, girl-centered approaches to skills development are critical. “Girls must, first and foremost, have a physically and emotionally safe environment in which to learn. They must be able to see examples of other empowered females in their community so that they can begin to also imagine themselves as empowered adults. Girls need to know their opinions are valuable. Finally, girls must be provided opportunities to apply their skills in their communities” (Plourde et al., 2020).
Last Update: December 22, 2022