Girls take the lead in Plan International's #GirlsTakeover campaign
In honor of the International Day of the Girl, hundreds of girls all over the world step into the roles of leaders for a day to demand equal power, freedom and representation for girls and young women in Plan International's #GirlsTakeover event. The City of Tampere in Finland participated in the campaign on Tuesday 10 October, when 15-year-old Pauliina Mannerhovi stepped into the role of the Mayor of Tampere for a day.
‒ I hope that by following #GirlsTakeover, girls will see what opportunities they have and where they can end up in the future, says Mannerhovi.
This year's theme of #GirlsTakeover is equality in sport. According to Mayor Kummola, sports communities can set an example for others and break down gender role barriers.
‒ Sports affect almost all of us. That is why barriers to excercise must be removed, and we also have the will as a city to help meet the mobility recommendations for every age group, regardless of gender. Equal opportunities for physical activity can help children and young people to learn a lot, strengthen their self-confidence and social relationships, the Mayor says.
Mannerhovi also stresses the link between sport and self-esteem:
‒ For many girls, sport is an important hobby. The way they are seen an treated in the world of sports affects their self-esteem.