For some people, girl power might conjure images of giant platform trainers and knicker-flashing Union Jack dresses.
And while we may have a few of those still lurking in the back of the wardrobe, girl power now comes with a whole different meaning.
So, it’s goodbye peace signs and hello wellbeing as a new festival has arrived to help girls understand that their gender does not need to hold them back.
Having held its debut event last year, Festival of The Girl will now take place virtually on October 11 to coincide with International Day of The Girl.
This interactive event will offer access to incredible speakers, workshops and activities to inspire young people through an engaging and exciting virtual festival.
The theme for this year’s event is to explore how girls can create an equal, exciting and inspiring future whereby they live in a world where they feel confident to use their voice.
Back in 2019, activities included an army boot-camp led by female British Army soldiers; lightsaber combats; learning how to access STEM [science, technology, engineering and maths] careers; and exploring goals with mood boards.
This year, there will be activities across a range of topics including global warming, architecture, journalism, activism, feminism, mindfulness and cooking.
Chatting about the festival, CEO and co-founder Abi Wright said: “The 8-12 year age range for girls is a pivotal stage of their development, with many of their adolescent issues starting and the transition period from primary to secondary school.
“With increasing societal pressures and the growth of social media, it is so important they have the opportunity to explore themselves and various possibilities for their future.
“Festival of the Girl isn’t the answer to all the above, but it is an opportunity for girls to access a range of experiences and workshops that can help them realise the extent of their future potential and support them through this important stage in their lives.”
She added: “We want our girls to feel inspired, energised and learn something new, but most of all we just want them to have fun.”
Abi is also the founder of She Stands, an organisation that focuses on posture to shape a more gender equal society where females can grow up feeling at home in their bodies and never feel the need to apologise for taking up space.
Meanwhile, fellow co-founder Jen Toll also runs Not Just A Princess, kickstarted after she found herself disappointed by the range of clothing available for girls and how the messaging limited their beliefs about themselves and what they could grow up to be.
Completing the festival trio is Laura Mulvaney, also founder of Electric Sunshine who specialise in building experiences that inspire, entertain and resonate with audiences.
Now that’s girl power!
For more info, simply click here: Festival of The Girl.