Project "Ung Kvinna" - A Network for young women.
Headlines along with research speaks out the truth that young women are not feeling well. The National Board of Health and Welfare in Sweden's Annual Progress Report shows that every third girl aged 13 to 18 years states that she has a headache at least once a week. Suicide is the leading cause of death among young people in Sweden - from 1998 to 2008 doubled the number of youth who tried to commit suicide with approximately three thousand cases registered under the Karolinska Institute of Public Health. This worrying trend means that this target audience is high on the Institute's agenda.
Sisters International works actively with women's issues among those who are abused in our society, and sees it important to work on prevention. The project "Ung Kvinna" (in English "Young Woman") is one such initiative. The goal is to work preventively, to help see the good, positive and beautiful thing about being a young woman. Ung Kvinna is a positive project with an important mission. Therefore, Sisters International has from the start been involved in supporting the project.
The following is an explanation of the project: There are many organizations and projects that are already working in various ways towards all those who feel bad, and we want to support them. With Ung Kvinna we want to work preventively by supporting, motivating, inspiring, and pushing young women - daring her to be her own original and to believe in herself. No dreams are too small or insignificant or too large and remarkable. We all are enough just as we are.
By using own experience and knowledge, or by inviting guests, we offer seminars and events, etc, along with our mentoring program "I am, I can, I dare". Young woman's facebook page exists to spread positive atmosphere around the fact that it is wonderful to be a young woman. Along with the help of inspiring and positive blog posts, articles, interviews and links to good projects.
The background to "Ung Kvinna" is most easily described by statistics and studies that show how bad young women feel today. A process which has formed a downward spiral recent years. For example, suicide attempts among young people are to the largest percentage of young women, with an increasing number of girls with self-harming behaviors, low self esteem and lack of confidence in the future. The ideals of how a young woman should be, cope and look like are unrealistic and unattainable. Additionally, girls tent to turn their problems and concerns inward, creating a vicious spiral where many issues never come to the surface and they will take time before they get the help they need.
Highlight the positive
Just like we know good eating habits and physical exercise leads to better health, we also know that even good thoughts and mental training leads to better health. It is not about denying the problems and the pains, but about highlighting and seeing the good and positive. So that it can lead to an upward cycle where better self confidence and self esteem is created, and a greater confidence that they actually can be just who they are. There is power in encouraging and highlighting what is good. Positive thoughts, words, and actions, give birth to new and encourages creativity. Emphasize the positive - because that's our thing, and that's what we believe in and want to work from. We want to be and offer something that we have not yet seen for young women in Sweden.
More information: www.ungkvinna.se (website in Swedish)
Project leader: Emmilie Bard Phone number: +46(0)76-8033320