Young girls face pressure to be pretty and have self worth. (back left) Jessica Beak, 13, Kara Burns, 14, Manager Sandy Prizeman, Chantal Forwosa, 14, (front left) Bree Jordan, 15, Speaker Lauren Wakefield at the Womens Health Centre, Derby Street. Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer
Young girls face pressure to be pretty and have self worth. (back left) Jessica Beak, 13, Kara Burns, 14, Manager Sandy Prizeman, Chantal Forwosa, 14, (front left) Bree Jordan, 15, Speaker Lauren Wakefield at the Womens Health Centre, Derby Street. Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer Brenda Strong

Talking self worth and pressures young women face

GLADSTONE girls will get a lesson in self-worth and cyber safety at the Gladstone Women's Health Centre on Friday.

Sexting, self-esteem and appearance will be addressed at the young ladies day as part of Youth Week.

Centre manager Sandy Prizeman said the program aims to give girls confidence.

"I think there's a lot of pressure for young women to look like exactly out of the magazines," Ms Prizeman said.

"We want them to have self-worth, so they can make the right decision."

Ms Prizeman believes with the understanding of fashion and make up, girls can use these skills to reach their goals.

"We can still keep to our principles and values but it can also help to put on an item of clothing we can feel confident about and know it is going to portray the message we want," she said.

The pressure to send sexual images with technology will also be discussed.

"It's there forever," Ms Prizeman said.

"It's also used as a bullying tool. You're opening yourself up to manipulation and embarrassment."



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