Each year, millions of girls around the world are denied their basic rights simply because they are girls. In fact, girls in the poorest regions of the world are among the most disadvantaged people on the planet. They are more likely to live in poverty, more likely to be denied access to education, and more likely to be malnourished.
Yet studies have shown that when you invest in girls, the whole world benefits. If a girl has enough to eat, a safe environment, and an education, she’ll work to raise the standard of living for herself, her family and her community. And in time, she can even strengthen the economy of her entire country.
Studies have shown:
- With an education, girls are less likely to marry early and will have fewer yet healthier children in the future
- For every extra year a girl stays in school, her future income can increase by 10 to 20%
- If all women completed primary education, there would be 66% fewer maternal deaths
- Women invest more of their income back into their families and communities – with many experts reporting up to 90%
Yoga City is Taking Action
Late last year, Yoga City made the decision to sponsor two little girls from Plan International’s “Because I am a Girl” program. It’s part of our commitment to “spread the kindness” and empower women everywhere to be confident and successful.
“Girls are braver and stronger than they think,” explained Mary Vivilecchia, the Founder of Yoga City. “Without girls, the world wouldn’t exist. If we can help these two girls through the Because I am a Girl program, we can help change the world.”
Meet Genesis (3 years old)
Genesis is from Peru and was born August 19, 2014.
Women in Peru represent a minority in both numbers and legal rights. The patriarchal culture means that women receive less pay than men, have fewer employment and political opportunities, and are at times abused without repercussion. Maternal death rates are also some of the highest in South America. While efforts are being made by the Peruvian Government to combat these issues, they have not yet borne fruit.
We are happy to know that little Genesis won’t be disadvantaged like so many other Peruvian women in the future. Through our sponsorship, Genesis will be able to attend school, always have a full tummy, and have better access to healthcare. We think this little munchkin is destined for great things!
Meet Desary-Johana (11 years old)
Desary-Johana is from El Salvador and was born August 10, 2006.
EL Salvador was the scene of a brutal civil war from 1979-1992, which subjected women to extreme violence. It’s likely that Desary-Johana’s own mother and grandmother witnessed abhorrent atrocities during this time.
Though much progress has been made since the Salvadoran Civil War ended, women in El Salvador still face gender inequality. Secondary education rates differ significantly among men and women. Just over 40% of women aged 25 or older have a secondary education (vs. 47.5% men). And once employed, women make an average of 11.5% less than men – a disparity which only increases as years of schooling increases.
Through sponsorship, we hope Desary-Johan will defy these odds and blossom into an educated and successful young lady.
We may never meet these two little girls in person, but we love them like our own! Show your support of our girls by attending our Karma class every Saturday @8am. This (unheated) class is a $5 drop-in for members and non-members, and ALL proceeds go to Plan International’s “Because I am a Girl” program.
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Debbie is a Yoga Instructor at Yoga City, Mississauga. She has been practicing yoga since 2008 and completed her 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 with Yoga City. Debbie has a professional background in writing and digital marketing, with a passion for Health, Wellbeing and Personal Growth. She is thrilled to be able to combine both as the Editor of the Yoga City blog. You can follow Debbie on Instagram @yoga.bee