Power of Being a Girl

As part of YWCA Canada’s commitment to violence prevention initiatives for girls and young women, we have developed in collaboration with our Member Associations the Power of Being a Girl™ (PBG) program, a signature violence-prevention conference for girls ages 12-17 hosted during the Week Without Violence™. Funded by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program, the conference responds to local community needs and relies on girls’ leadership in its planning and organization with workshops focusing on a variety of issues including self-esteem, healthy relationships, dating, discrimination, body image, sexual health, bullying and Internet safety, among others.

Power of Being a Girl™ runs during the YWCA Week Without Violence. Each year during the third week of October, Canadians bond with people in over 90 countries around the world to mark YWCA’s Week Without Violence™, a week-long series of community events promoting diverse approaches to creating a violence-free world. More than 17,000 people in schools, workplaces and neighbourhood organizations throughout Canada recognize this annual violence prevention initiative aimed at making violence a thing of the past.

To find an event in your area or for more information on YWCA’s Week Without Violence™ and Power of Being a Girl™, visit