22 August 2010

I ♥ Being a Girl, because... II

We had a long-long conversation with girls volunteering at the Latvian Association for Family Planning & Sexual Health and they ♥ being girls, because being a girl to them means being able to:
  • trust your intuition
  • have a spice-sense
  • have unlimited fantasy
  • come up with wacky jokes
  • enjoy lacy things
  • be interested in all kinds of feminine stuff
  • have that amazing shape of the body
  • be beautiful
  • use make-up
  • enjoy female solidarity
  • smile while walking down the street
  • wear sparkly crowns (Ms. Universe gets a crown while Mr. Universe does not)
  • be a muse
  • inspire
  • be boyish
  • let others carry your heavy stuff
  • tease
  • be forgiven more
  • let to walk you home
  • show your vulnerability
  • be taken care of
"all those cool words that are feminine
in Latvian
by their grammatical gender,
like inspiration, idea, thought, wisdom, state…"

The beautiful word cloud created with Wordle.

16 August 2010

On the Role-Play Game Called Life

"Imagine that life is a role-play game where the plot develops as a result of the decisions you have made and the puzzles you have solved.
So how could you win this game? What happens if someone starts interfering and making the decisions for you? Is it still your game, and are you really playing it?
Barriers to the individual are barriers to progress
Prejudice, stigma, discrimination, pressure and many more social forces are barriers that lots of people face in the game called Life. Gender role is a maze that girls in particular are often trapped in. Though gender roles vary significantly around the world, they are often demanding and oppressive. Whether they involve the pressure to become a housewife, to have many children, or to starve just to get into a 0-sized dress, they can deprive women of a major human right: to enjoy being who you truly are.
Women all around the world need equal rights, freedom of choice and universal access to services, especially the ones related to sexual and reproductive health. But in order for all of those components to really work, women also need to overcome the self-stigma and the barriers they set themselves. Finding your true identity and being able to express feelings and opinions is at the very basis of making a difference..."
That's how Maya's article Girls, Love Yourselves and Win the Role-Play Game Called Life on what I ♥ Being a Girl is all about starts. Go to Conversations for a Better World and read the rest of it!

13 August 2010

Behind the scenes XI

Closing the chapter on AIDS 2010 stories... yes, we are still drooling over the memories from Vienna.

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Behind the scenes X (Peek-a-boo)

Keeping it playful!

Created with flickr slideshow from Softsea.

I ♥ Being a Girl, because... I

Girls that were present at our session It's Great to Be a Girl just LOVE being girls, because being a girl to them means being able to:
  • feel beautiful
  • be more sensitive
  • be sensible
  • be strong & sensitive at the same time
  • be daddy’s girl
  • be a girl guide
  • chose to wear skirts or trousers (and it’s OK)
  • cry
  • go to the pub with my mates
  • wear skirts
  • have boobs
  • like pink
  • reach out more
  • enjoy that fight for the equality
The beautiful word cloud created with Wordle.

04 August 2010

03 August 2010