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POSSIBLE CHANGES IN GIRLS THAT CAN LEAD TO A BETTER LIFE – PHRYDE NEWS

The way a woman sees herself form as she grows. it is important that a girl learns to feel good about herself when she is young , so that she will be able to develop fully and help make her community a better place. A girl is much more likely to learn this when her family and community show her that they value her.

In many places girls are raised to believe they are less important than boys. They are taught to feel shame about their bodies and about beeing female, and they learn to accept less education, less food, more abuse and more work than their brothers. This not only hurts their health directly, but it makes them feel bad about themselves and less able to make the right decisions for a healthier life in the future. When girls are raised in this way , it shows that their community do not value them as much as males.

But If a girls community recognizes the value of each person – whether the person is a man or woman – she will grow up feeling she can make a better life for herself and for her family and neighbors.

                    

The way a community treats females also affects how families treat their girl children. For example, If a community believes that girls should learn skills , a family that lives there is more likely to want their daughter to go to school for as long as she can. But in a community where women are allowed to do only ‘women’s work’ and are not allowed to participate in any public meetings, families are much less likely to believe that their daughters should be educated.

There are many ways to help girls feel better about themselves and to help their families and community understand that girls lives can be different. 

WHY GIRLS CAN WORK FOR A BETTER LIFE

The way a woman sees herself form as she grows. it is important that a girl learns to feel good about herself when she is young , so that she will be able to develop fully and help make her community a better place. A girl is much more likely to learn this when her family and community show her that they value her.

In many places girls are raised to believe they are less important than boys. They are taught to feel shame about their bodies and about beeing female, and they learn to accept less education, less food, more abuse and more work than their brothers. This not only hurts their health directly, but it makes them feel bad about themselves and less able to make the right decisions for a healthier life in the future. When girls are raised in this way , it shows that their community do not value them as much as males.

But If a girls community recognizes the value of each person – whether the person is a man or woman – she will grow up feeling she can make a better life for herself and for her family and neighbors.

                    

The way a community treats females also affects how families treat their girl children. For example, If a community believes that girls should learn skills , a family that lives there is more likely to want their daughter to go to school for as long as she can. But in a community where women are allowed to do only ‘women’s work’ and are not allowed to participate in any public meetings, families are much less likely to believe that their daughters should be educated.

There are many ways to help girls feel better about themselves and to help their families and community understand that girls lives can be different. 

WHY GIRLS CAN WORK FOR A BETTER LIFE

“Find someone to talk to”who you think will listen and understand – a friend ,a sister or another female relative. Talk about your fears and problems. Together,you can talk about strong women in your community ,your goals and dreams for the future.

“Do things that you and your friends think are important.” If you see a problem in your community,get together with your friends to do something to change it. You will all feel proud when you see that your effort can make your community better.

“Try to plan your future” The first thing you can do to plan your future is to set goals . A goal is something you will like to happen. For most girls that is not easy. Many feel their lives are controlled by their families or the traditions of their communities. But you can start to help yourself by knowing what you want. Next,try to talk to a woman or man who works at something you will like to do. It could be something you admire ,or a leader in your community. Ask if you can spend time with that person to learn more about their work.

                

Sometimes girls feel frustrated because their dreams and hope for the future may conflict with the briefs in their community and family about what a woman should do. It is important to explain your dreams and hopes carefully to adults and to listen to their concerns also.

DECISIONS FOR A BETTER FUTURE

There are important decisions that you can make with your family to create new possibilities for your future.

Education and training: education can help you feel proud of yourself, earn a better living and live a happier and healthier life. 

Even if you cannot go to school, there are other ways to learn to read and develop skills. For example you can study at home , join a literacy program, or learn a trade from a skilled person (apprenticeship). When you have new skills, you have something special to give to your community, and you can support yourself and your family better. Learning new skills can help you have more choices in your life.

Waiting to get married: Talk with your family about waiting to get married until you feel ready and until you find the right partner. Many girls are able to finish school and find work before starting families. This can help you learn more about yourself and what you want. If you wait, you may even find a partner who feels the same way about life as you do.

Waiting to have children: it is easy to raise a happy and healthy child when you wait until you and your partner feel ready to start a family. If you are thinking about having a baby, these are some things to think about; will you be able to continue your education? How will you fufil the child’s physical needs – food, clothes , shelter e.t.c Are you ready to provide the emotional support a baby needs to grow up into a healthy child? Will your partner commit himself to helping with child raising. How will your family help you? 

DECIDING ABOUT BOYFRIEND AND SEX

Decisions about boys and men are difficult. Most young people begin to have loving or sexual feelings as they get older. Thinking about touching or been touched by someone in a sexual way Is not usual. (Girls may think about another girl or woman in this way.) But people often have these feelings before they are ready to act on them.

Young women have sex for many different reasons. Some do it because they want to have a baby. Others do it because it makes them feel good or wanted. Some women feel they have very little choice because it is their duty as a wife. Some are forced to trade sex for money or other things they need to survive, such as food,clothes for they children or s place to live.

Others have sex because they think it will make a man love them more. Sometimes a friend or a boyfriend can make a girl feel that she should have sex when she is not ready.

No one should have sex when she does not want to. Only have sex when you decide and you are ready. Sex can be enjoyed by both people,but it is difficult to enjoy something when you feel fear or shame.

If you are ready for a sexual relationship, always protect yourself against pregnancy and disease.

“Find someone to talk to”who you think will listen and understand – a friend ,a sister or another female relative. Talk about your fears and problems. Together,you can talk about strong women in your community ,your goals and dreams for the future.

“Do things that you and your friends think are important.” If you see a problem in your community,get together with your friends to do something to change it. You will all feel proud when you see that your effort can make your community better.

“Try to plan your future” The first thing you can do to plan your future is to set goals . A goal is something you will like to happen. For most girls that is not easy. Many feel their lives are controlled by their families or the traditions of their communities. But you can start to help yourself by knowing what you want. Next,try to talk to a woman or man who works at something you will like to do. It could be something you admire ,or a leader in your community. Ask if you can spend time with that person to learn more about their work.

               

Sometimes girls feel frustrated because their dreams and hope for the future may conflict with the briefs in their community and family about what a woman should do. It is important to explain your dreams and hopes carefully to adults and to listen to their concerns also.

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