Girls support girls
A collective of three girls supporting young girls from villages and small towns in efforts to discover their own strong sides and skills. The collective empowers secondary school female students in the process of making decisions concerning their future, regardless of stereotypes concerning women on the labour market. “We used to suffer of the same issue ourselves – today, after several years of work and expanding professional experience, we know how to handle the problem in order for the solutions to be efficient and effective,” members of the collective declare.
Teenagers get to know themselves and make decisions concerning their own future
In many schools, career counselling is regrettably nothing but fiction. Even if available, it is frequently affected with gender-based stereotypes and the belief that professions are either “feminine” or “masculine” – consequently, some are inaccessible to girls altogether. Young girls soon to be facing a choice of the preferred educational or occupational path are deprived of assistance in making their own decisions. This is where the Map Yourself group can help.
Female secondary school students from Biskupiec attended a “self-mapping” workshop, adult women from their environment – mothers, sisters, teachers, activists – learning more about options of supporting young girls in their development. “Workshops involved a process of designing development paths with the use of Design Thinking methodology, wherein participants completed a self-reflection project with a focus on their own experience and skills, to then design and test potential scenarios for future development,” project authors say.
“We want to help girls identify their talents and strong sides, (…) show them that there is no such thing as a single ‘correct’ professional development path – such path may be both varied and dynamic, mirroring the contemporary job market. (…) Furthermore, we want to foster their belief that the force of sisterhood is hugely important, and that support provided by women – friends, colleagues, sisters, mothers, grandmothers and aunts – may be a major value in life.”
Grant amount: PLN 4,400.00
Photos: Paulina Anna Galanciak