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As we are aware, many teenage girls and women have to deal with the crippling effects of peer pressure, bullying, harassment, violence, and abuse, which can have a severe effect on their health, social, and academic skill development.
 
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Through this book "Girl Power: Be Confident!"
We aim to equip teenage girls and women with knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences to keep themselves emotionally and physically safe; help forge new patterns in social interaction; promote healthy life styles and choices; and overcome other barriers in reaching their highest social, physical, and intellectual potential by building their boundary-setting, self-advocacy, and positive peer interaction skills in a way that is effective, not fear-based, positive, and fun.
 
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Girl Power: Be Confident!"
Is the journey of four friends, Meira, Ritu, Saina and Taru, as they learn to tackle everyday barriers at school, work, public spaces or even at homes and learn to reach their highest physical, intellectual and social potential using their 'GIRLPOWER'!

The entertaining cartoons and engaging social stories address a wide range of personal safety issues skills for teens and adults in simple, clear, and memorable language. Through this comic books we want to teach teenage girls and women to take charge of safety and have freedom.

The project, 'Girl Power: Confident Girl' was supported by Share and Care Foundation for India, USA as part of their Women Empowerment initiative.
 
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Authors
Irene Van Irene van der Zande, founder and executive director of KidpowerInternational, a world renowned child safety thinker and trainer is the author Praveen Vempadapu, Director of Kidpower India, is the co-author.
 
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Artists
SonaliUpadhyaya is the illustrator while Devaki Neogi is the cover artist.
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  Testimony
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Daily we read horrifying news about abuse and violence against children especially girls. It is the aim of our school to teach our children to be confident leaders. We came across Girlpower comic book and safety trainings as a powerful method to ensure safety of the children. Ms. Sobha Rani, trainer from Kidpower has come to our school and trained our girl children in Girlpower Safety skills. The children also received a nice Girlpower comic book from which they can read interesting social stories and practise the skills on their own. Now I can tell with assurance that the girls are equipped with the necessary skills to protect themselves and face the world courageously.
 
- Appala Naidu,
Principal,
ARDAR Shool, Vizianagram
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"Felt nice to learn the skills. The skills are useful to become confident and safe, in one's life".

Pathivada Ramya,
10th class (16 years old), ARDAR School.
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I like the most - how voice helps us to be safe and how to protect our feelings even".

- Kommaru Kalyani,
10th class (15 years old), ARDAR School
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"I like the GirlPower comic book and how the girls handle different problems in their life. Meira is my favorite character".

- Gale Yamuna,
10th class (15 years old), ARDAR School
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"After the classes, I learned different powers like walk-away power, mouth-closed power, hands-down power etc".

- Gara Mohana,
9th class (14 years old), ARDAR School
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"Now I know how to protect myself from being bullied. I also learned how to stop unwanted touch".

- Kibilla Poojitha
9th class (14 years old), ARDAR School.
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