Mar 4, 2020
When our girls look at the world around them, how do they feel? Important or insignificant? Adored or objectified?
There’s a basic truth. It’s this, that all girls have value, beauty and purpose. Yet for so many the truth has been hidden. Thousands of girls in our cities and towns across this globe have never been told their worth. Bella Girl, a teen outreach program in Toowoomba, Australia, has made it their mission to change that!
20 years ago, Letitia Shelton attended a large multi-faith conference. There she heard her mayor speak passionately about the youth of their city—their struggles and their hurt. The mayor then challenged those in the room to look beyond the walls of their separate churches. She asked them to reach out to the youth of their city and do something!
This is the week we celebrate International Women’s Day. What better way than to recognize a woman who was inspired by her female mayor to make a positive impact in the lives of girls in her city!
Letitia Shelton is CEO of City Women Toowoomba in Australia, an organization concerned with making their city a better place for women and girls. City Women started with teen camps for girls. In the process of reaching out their eyes were opened. In seeing the brokenness of so many lives the organization expanded to meet more needs. Today City Women runs 20 separate projects, with over 200 volunteers, working together to bring healing, hope & redemption to so many in their city.
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