On Thursday of last week I started a new club for girls ages 8-12 at the train station. We’re calling it Vamos Chicas Vamos and it’s just for fun (as well as slipping in a little bit of self-esteem and leadership training whenever possible).
We filled out sheets with drawings of ourselves that included things we know and things we want to learn, things we know how to do and things we want to learn how to do, want we have achieved and what we hope to achieve, and who we carry along with us in our hearts. (Shout out to my G-mate Estee for this idea!) Between the 6 girls and I there were dreams of learning about clouds, how to bake a cake, becoming a veterinarian, and playing the ukulele well.
If listening to the “put-down” language between the girls and about themselves (my drawing is ugly, your handwriting is bad, your stomach is big and sticking out, you’re a witch for not giving me a pen, I don’t know how to do this…the list goes on) wasn’t sufficient proof of the necessity for having meaningful conversations about self-esteem, the extreme lag time in coming up with the things they knew about, how to do, and what they achieved, certainly was.
A great case could be made about the necessity for self-esteem training for boys, girls, men and women of Paraguay. However, it’s especially needed for girls and incredibly rare to find spaces only for girls in Paraguay.
Besides, you’ve heard about the Girl Effect, haven’t you?
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