Research tells us that, while the trials of adolescence can affect both genders, teenage girls are 50% more likely to become victims of low self-esteem. A significantly high number of girls aged 14 - 15 report feeling "worthless", "unhappy or depressed", and over
a fifth claim to have low confidence.
Plagued by sexual objectification and society's projection of the 'perfect body image', 40% of girls feel self-conscious about the way they look and a third say they would consider cosmetic surgery. Many young girls claim they feel pressured to enter into complex sexual relationships underage, or when they are just not ready emotionally. It’s frightening to realise that, with
1 in 3 thinking it's sometimes acceptable for someone to force them to having sex, 16 - 19 year old females are now considered to be the group most at risk of domestic violence.
This is not just a case of teenage angst. It’s an epidemic with dangerous consequences. And it needs to stop. These girls need to know.
We want to encourage and empower girls; helping them to realise their own inner strength, understand how to value themselves and to know they are loved.
Shine Workshops are an opportunity for all girls (young people and leaders) to come together in a fun,
non-competitive environment. Run as half or full day conferences, the Shine leaders will offer numerous interactive stations that aim to build girls’ confidence and self-esteem, and to demonstrate Christ’s amazing love in action.