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Must Reads for the Week of October 17!

Newspaper This week, two International Days relating to women and girls made headlines; sexual assualt and victim blaming was once again in the news and our spirits and hearts were warmed by the stories of two amazing young girls working to change the world!

If you've come across an article you think other readers should know about, leave us a comment and share the link!

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Must Reads for the Week of October 10!

Newspaper Every day, we share articles, blog posts, images and videos that we find interesting with our followers on Twitter and Facebook. These articles speak to issues of violence against women, sexual assault, rape culture and online harassment. They speak to issues of poverty and how society can help women succeed in business. They speak to issues around empowering girls, teaching them media literacy and critical thinking skills and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. Most importantly, these articles help educate our supporters about issues that are being talked about online and offline.

Each week, we will be taking the Top 10 (or so) articles, blog posts, images and videos that were shared online that we think YOU will want to know about.  We’ll be sharing these stories and links on the blog, in our weekly Must Reads. If you have a suggestion for an article you think we missed, leave us a comment and share the link!

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How to Nurture Resilience in Girls

Girl in science

With International Day of the Girl approaching on October 11, the time is perfect to talk about how we can all work to develop resilience in the girls in our life.

Resilience is the ability to “bounce back” from problems. It allows us to deal with life’s many challenges and to recover from trauma. Girls who lack resilience often have low self-esteem, are emotionally vulnerable and easily influenced by others, accept mistreatment, and find it difficult to cope with problems or to see that solutions are within their grasp.

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Stop the victim-blaming

Ever wonder why women rarely report sexual assault?

Last week, a group of frosh leaders at St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia came under fire for leading freshman students in a chant encouraging underage rape. These students are from the same province where months earlier, Rehteah Parsons took her own life after being bullied and harassed after her classmates shared pictures of her online taken during her sexual assault.

Yes, victim-blaming is alive and well in Canada.

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