Tuesday 11 October is UN's International Day of the Girl; a day to celebrate the positive contribution of girls as well as highlight the prevailing injustices which affect them.
Over the last four weeks, a number of research reports from Girlguiding UK and The Children's Society have revealed the critical state of girlhood in the UK. According to these reports, unhappiness amongst girls is increasing. In fact, 63 per cent of girls don't feel 'good enough'.
With this real deficit of hope comes real opportunities for the Church to enable girls to encounter Jesus in fresh and transforming ways and cultivate self-worth based on their identity in Christ (not just 'body confidence'). The organisations and ministries below are turning up the volume of Gospel hope for girls in a variety of innovative ways - through resources, digital and print media, local relational groups and a social justice campaign.
Let's cheer them on as they spread a hope-filled message to every girl!
1. Be Loved
The ‘Be Loved’ course has been specifically devised for 14-17 year olds, and runs as six weekly sessions lasting two hours, in groups of 8-10. Through participating in the course we are equipping the group members to deal with life’s challenges head-on, using practical exercises and biblical truth.
A creative Be Loved journal has been designed to assist the sessions allowing the members to document their journey and reflect back, once the course has finished. Each session has space for group discussion, self-reflection, group/pair work, creative practical exercises, prayer and spiritual pursuit.
The heart of Be Loved is to see young women thrive within themselves, their relationships and with God.
For further details, visit www.be-lovedbeloved.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Girls' Brigade Ministries
GB Ministries is home to 4 initiatives:
- GB England & Wales: Sustainable local groups for 4-8s, 7-11s, 10-14s, and 13-18s primarily, but not exclusively, for girls. Local consultations for churches, adult leader training, ongoing support, fun programme materials, and achievement awards enable Christian communities to engage with young people in a variety of settings.
- koko: koko is a vlog for teenage girls, enabling them to ‘keep on keeping on’ in a hope-filled way, and a great resource for youth leaders.
- The Esther Collective: The Esther Collective is a growing community of 18–30s women who, through intentional friendships and exploration/encounter, are supporting one another to develop integrity, influence and faith in their homes and study/workplaces.
- UK Girl: GB is embarking on an intentional research project looking at the impact of faith on the lives of teenage girls.
For further details, visit www.gb-ministries.org or email email@example.com.
3. Shine UK
Awareness-raising campaigns and school education on violence against women and healthy relationships;
Enough refuges, rape crisis centres, and 24 hour helplines for women;
Effective prosecution of violence against women; and much more.