In many places in the world, being a girl can be tough. Girls often don’t have the education opportunities that boys do and won’t have the same range of choices available to them in the job market. Many organizations are working hard to change the status of girls around the world. Many of these advocate for girls to help each other to succeed and they also encourage girls to dream, have confidence and be happier and healthier. Here are some organizations your own children can benefit from.
Girls Who Code
Despite a strong female presence in the early days of computer programming, modern tech firms are showing a dearth in the number of qualified female programmers. 37% of graduates in computer science were women in the early eighties, but that number has fallen to just 18% today. With programming playing such an important role in our future, one US non-profit is encouraging more girls to consider a future in coding. Started by Reshma Saujani, the organization offers a number of education opportunities for girls to become more immersed in the world of computers and robotics.
Girls on the Run
This organization is empowering girls to be more active, healthy and confident. Over the course of 12 weeks, the girls will get 24 lessons that teach life skills, teamwork and confidence building. The course culminates in a 5km run.
From their website: “Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.”
This is a program run by the United Nations where girls unite to help each other across the world. Being a girl is, in many countries, a big disadvantage. Girl Up encourages girls to help each other by providing education and care to those who have fewer opportunities. Girl Up offers girls the opportunity to effect policy changes and raise funds for programs which will uplift girls all over the world.
Girls Write Now
This collaborative of girls and women work together to help young girls to excel at writing. Writing is the core of a comprehensive ability to communicate, but many children struggle with reading and writing skills. Through collaboration and mentoring, professionals in the writing industry help girls to improve their skills, express themselves and develop the confidence they need to succeed.
From their website: “From young women exploring writing to seasoned professionals practicing their craft every day, Girls Write Now is a community of women writers and digital media makers dedicated to providing the guidance, support, and opportunities for underserved high school girls to develop their creative, independent voices, and write their way to a better future.”
Inspiring girls to dream big and believe in themselves will benefit society as a whole. Not only will girls be more competitive in job markets, but building confidence will create the leaders of tomorrow.