posted on December 30, 2015 16:10
All young girls face issues during the transition between childhood and adulthood, but immigrant girls have additional challenges which they must navigate, such as diverse cultural norms. Newcomer girls often feel frustrated and isolated and may lead a double life in order to maintain family loyalty yet conform and belong to their peer community.
This was the basis of a national workshop presented by Saskatoon Open Door Society Settlement & Community Support Services staff this fall. The workshop, National Skills Institute on Girls Programming 2015, was hosted by the Canadian Women’s Foundation in Toronto Nov. 17 -19. Sanaa Mirza, Youth Worker, and Roberta Desnomie, Cultural Bridging Facilitator, presented about ways to bridge this double life and featured discussion on experiences, issues and solutions.
The National Skills Institute on Girls Programming is an annual event presented by the Canadian Women’s Foundation. It includes keynote speakers, workshops and panel discussions, of which Saskatoon Open Door Society was invited as a workshop presenter. This year it took place at the BMO Learning Institute in Toronto, Ontario
“The National Skills Institute on Girls Programming is intended to increase the capacity and effectiveness of organizations in their girls programs, as well as to provide an opportunity for networking and learning and a venue to address issues affecting the sector.”
Outside of the scheduled workshop hosted by SODS, Mirza and Desnomie attended several workshops hosted by other professionals representing a number of national and international (SPARK USA) non-profit organizations whose work focuses on programming specific to girls.