Seven in 10 girls ages 14 to 19 (72 percent) surveyed say at least once in a while they feel treated with less respect because they are a girl.
IS OUR COUNTRY HELPING?
The majority of adolescent girls surveyed in the United States (83 percent) say our culture causes them to feel less powerful than boys.
As part of The Body Shop’s International commitment to encourage girls to dream big and reach for the stars, we’re taking a look within, helping the young girls in the U.S. to unlock their dreams – a cause that’s near and dear to what our company was founded upon.
This Christmas, The Body Shop US is donating $1 for every holiday gift sold* to Plan International USA to help girls dream big. The gift will empower 1,200 youth through national leadership and advocacy programs to transform gender norms by creating new narratives about girls focused on power, intelligence and capability.
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WHY PLAN INTERNATIONAL USA?
Plan International USA is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
Plan International USA believes in the power and potential of young people. Working together with children, young people, supporters, and partners, Plan International USA strives for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.
“Girls are interested in leadership and career opportunities for their futures, with 71 percent of girls surveyed saying a successful career is a very important goal in their life.”
Plan International USA’s Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) seeks to engage and train youth to participate as active citizens in their communities to bring about meaningful impact.
The YLA is a residential academy, where 50-60 students, mostly girls ages 14-18, are selected each year to participate in a week-long program aimed to equip them with leadership, advocacy, and communication skills.
Through the program, selected participants will have access to workshops hosted by international development professionals and are given the opportunity to apply and practice their newly acquired skills within their own communities. Each student will design a Leadership Development Project over the course of the YLA to address at least one Sustainable Development Goal within their community.
HOW HAS THE PROGRAM HELPED OUR GIRLS?
“It allowed me to develop my leadership skills and learn about the problems in our society and what youth can do to solve it.” – Rohini, 15
“I learned so much about myself and other people’s personalities this week, and I’ll forever remember the events and people I experienced. I can’t wait to continue to grow and carry out my project throughout the year.” – Bailey, 16
“The YLA was a huge eye-opener for me to discover my leadership style and practice it. The YLA also exposed me to all the different views and perspectives of other students from different parts of the country. I loved all of the counselors that were there to support us and worked so hard for us to learn about the world around us!” – Nina, 15
“It was an amazing experience and though I do feel sad that it's over, I will cherish the memories and friendships I've created here. It's such a diverse group of people from all over the country and the world but all with a shared passion for International Development, which is amazing.” –Wongelawit, 16
Photo Credits: Plan International
**Donation will be made up to $50,000 based on holiday pre-packaged gift boxes and bags sold in-store and online at The Body Shop between November 1-December 31, 2019.