Words of advice from the girls / Consejos de las chicas

ON BODY IMAGE & SELF-ESTEEM / Sobre la imagen corporal…

ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT / Sobre el acoso sexual

ON DATING VIOLENCE / Sobre la violencia entre parejas jóvenes

ON TEEN PREGNANCY... / Sobre el embarazo precoz...

ON SUBSTANCE ABUSE / Sobre el abuso de drogas y alcohol

Comments from mothers, family members, and guardians about the Girl Empowerment Festival

ON BODY IMAGE & SELF-ESTEEM
Sobre la imagen corporal y la autoestima

“Be happy how you are appreciate yourself.”

“Don't listen to any negative ideas of what you should be.”

“The media has a lot to do with it.”

“El cuerpo no es solo imagen.”

“We should not try and live up to someone else's expectations.”

“I learned my self-esteem is not that high.”

“I don't have to be like anything in a magazine.”

“Looks don't matter!”

“Los rumores hacen daño y afectan.”

“It helped me to learn how to love myself and my self-image.”

“That I don't have to be skinny or have curly hair to look pretty.”

“Si que no dejes que nadie te lastime ni te baje el autoestima; todo el mundo es diferente y no te debes de burlar de nadie.”

“What you say can affect people in ways that you can't imagine.”

“No one is the same, all of us are unique.”

“No dejes que nadie te lastime ni te baje el autoestima; todo el mundo es diferente y no te debes de burlar de nadie.”

ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Sobre el acoso sexual…

“If you have a problem you should tell someone.”

“Nobody has to touch my body without permission.”

“It doesn't just happen to girls, (it happens) also to boys.”

“There are many types of sexual harassment.”

“El acoso sexual no es solo físico, y tengo el derecho de tratarlo como algo serio.”

“Que debo exigir mi espacio personal.”

“Que si alguien te acosa denúncialo.”

“It helped me learn a lot about sexual harassment.”

“No debo dejar que me acosen.”

ON DATING VIOLENCE
Sobre la violencia entre parejas jóvenes

“I will now be more aware of the different signs in an abusive relationship, from where they begin. It also helped me to realize that the information I give my friends is facts and not just things made up.”

“Fijate bien y conoce a fondo a la persona con la que sales.”

“Don't let you boyfriend control you.”

“I learned that I too can be in control of my relationship and to love myself.”

“Your boyfriend is not in charge of you and you are free to do whatever you want.”

“Que no debes dejar que te lastime ni verbal, física o emocionalmente.”

“That they only want their girlfriends to pass drugs from Juarez to the U.S.”

“No matter how much you think you love someone, “love” shouldn't hurt.”

“I learned that it is safer to break up with your partner if he starts controlling or hitting you.”

“Aprendí que te pueden matar con violencia.”

“You should plan ahead to get out or break up with your boyfriend and if he tries to apologize you shouldn't believe him.”

 “To always have a good and healthy relationship.”
 “Respect each other.”

ON TEEN PREGNANCY...
Sobre el embarazo precoz...

“You will not get pregnant if you don't have sex.”

“Wait and do not give yourself up for a loser dude.”

“Que tú decides cuando y con quien.”

“If you don't wait –just make sure you use protection, if you don't, just make sure you're ready to have a baby.”

“Que todo se puede ser a su tiempo.”

“Que se puede prevenir con muchos métodos.”

“The topic of abortion should be open for discussion. Girls need to be informed about the facts.”

“Abortion is one of the most important topics for teens. We need more information, the pros & cons.”

“I think you should talk more about teen pregnancy.”

ON SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Sobre el abuso de drogas y alcohol…

“I can enjoy things sober.”

“I should not judge myself, and how to stay away from alcohol.”

“Because of the rough relationships with males and the drugs I did, I went through a rough time.”

“Son malas y no hagas caso a los comerciales, no necesitas tomar o drogarte para divertirte.”

“That they give you good commercials to convince you.”

“You don't need to drink a lot to have fun.”

“No debo dejar la bebida porque le pueden echar droga.”

“I learned that they can affect you in different ways.”

“That they make you do crazy things.”

“Te matan a ti y a tu familia.”

“Don't let boys convince you to pass drugs (across the border) or do drugs.”

“They can give you stuff you didn't expect…you'll regret this latter in life.”

”Son malas y me pueden traer graves consecuencias.”

“It is not worth risking your life.”

Comments from mothers, family members, and guardians about the Girl Empowerment Festival:

“I think it gives and springboard to start the conversation. The noon presentation (VAV) was helpful to my daughter because she knows an older girl who was in an abusive dating relationship”.

“It opens the door.”

“Makes ‘taboo' topics less taboo.”

“Case scenarios helpful in thinking through communication.”

“I am not technically a mother of the girls that attended, I came with a group of girls in rehab and feel this is needed and starts communication.”

“Need to get more mothers involved.”

“Modeling good communication and problem solving.”

“I think many are unaware of how to talk to children/language barriers main cause, if aware may be more open/understanding.”

“It helps parents open up on topics that may be difficult to bring up to their children and vice versa.”

“When other persons speak of sensitive subjects it has a great impact on girls and it makes it easier for mothers to bring up theses subjects.”

“As a mom today I learned that we do not have to wait until 15 to talk about sexuality.”

“Educándose ambas sobre sexualidad comunicación entre las dos.”

“Ayuda con la comunicación.”

“Prevention and awareness is the key to healthy environment.”

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