H ealth in relationships
E mpowerment for the future.
Statistics show that 1 in 5 young women have bulimia, 1 in 3 young women have been sexually abused and 1 in 50 suffer from anorexia.
SHE programme is a group of dedicated women of all ages who seek to inform, educate and support young women in making healthy decisions about life and relationships".
-Taken from a SHE flyer.
All the facilitators are young women aged 18 - 25 years. This is because the woman who developed this programme (Carol) knew, researched and could see that young women are more likely to listen other young women, more than old bags like her and I.
I met Carol today. She's a local woman who's had years of experience in sexual assault centres and refuges. As she said, there's no gain in talking to adolescent girls about violence toward women as they tend to adopt an attitude of "It won't happen to me". (Or, if it has happened to them, there is too much shame and hurt around it to be hit up with the whole thing again).
SHE comes from a more positive, practical discussion point.
Carol said that the key point to the success of this program is that it's run by peer facilitators. And those facilitators are mainly young women who've gone through the programme and want to contribute.
It's running in local (Tweed) high schools at the moment, but there's already one primary school that wants SHE for their Year 5 and 6 girlies. I'm taking the pamphlet to my daughter's principal to give it a push at her school.
The vision is that it will be running statewide (New South Wales) in the not too distant future.
No website to link to folks. This is a programme developed on a low budget by an inspired woman and run by volunteers.