The keyboard for boosting girls' confidence

Reflect on whether you use gender-neutral language by downloading Sheboard.

The way we talk to girls impacts their self-esteem

Research shows that we talk differently to children depending on their gender. We talk to boys about their abilities. We talk to girls about their bodies. And little by little this starts to influence how they see themselves. When you hear it day after day – you start believing it.

Boys are brave. Girls are pretty.

Girls are raised by words. Let’s choose the right ones.

We don’t always even realize when the words we choose strengthen stereotypes. Plan’s Sheboard helps everyone reflect on – and possibly change – the ways we talk to and about girls. Sheboard also reminds girls about the abilities they have that people don’t always think to mention – that she too can be brave.

It is never too early to learn.

In fairy tales, girls are beautiful princesses and boys are brave knights – to this day, this is the story children are told. We have put together an educational toolkit that explores gender norms and attitudes together with children and youth, and dismantles harmful gender stereotypes. Download the Raised by Words educational toolkit here. In Finland, you can also get a Plan Child Rights Ambassador through our Global School team to come conduct a workshop for your class or group.

The keyboard for boosting girls' confidence