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I am no beauty queen. I am just beautiful me.
Start date: 04 May 2015, End date: 03 Jan 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"I am no beauty queen. I am just beautiful me!!" is a multicultural Youth Exchange in which were involved girls from Estonia (Tallinn), Estonia ( Kohila), Germany ( Duisburg, Hagen) Dates: 28.05.2015 - 04.06.2015 Group per country: 16 From Germany girls among them 2 leadres and 16 from Estonia and among them 2 leaders as well. But we have 4 groups 2 from Estonia and 2 from Germany. Venue: Tammispea Village, Estonia, Sun Urban camp Vihasoo (70km from Tallinn) Age: 15-20 y.o. The neccesaritiy to make a project about this topic appeared in our girls Club in the youth Center Lasnamae Hobby School. The Volunteer from Germany who was working in organisation NGO Youth Club Active leads a girls club in Lasnamae Hobby School every Thursday. She gave Yoga lessons for a better understanding of the body, moreover we are talking about issues which *affect* us as girls. It turned out that the topic "beauty", and how important it is to be beautiful, raises the biggest interest among the girls. It seems to have a particular importance in different areas of our daily life. Appallingly a lot of young girls see their *bodies* more *as* an enemy than a friend. No matter how beautiful or healthy the girls are, they *always* find something "ugly" on *themselves*, which makes them feel uncomfortable with *themselves* and limits them in different ways of their daily live. This *circumstance* makes me *incredibly* sad. Girls in the age between 15 and 20 years *of age are permanently* living with a *changing* of their bodys . *But at the same time*, nowadays the influence of the media is stronger *than* ever before. The media gives a wrong image of *what women* should look like. Advertising *and* marketing companies use photoshop to give woman the "perfect" *appearance*, while the fashion *industry* promotes beeing *unhealthily* skinny. Switching on the TV or the computer, *the information which can be found there* creates a permanent influence of the wrong values a woman should care about – their outward appeareance. Especially in this age *teenagers* are easely affected by that. A shockingly big amount of girls start to harm themselves psychologically or even *physically*. The number of girls who suffer from anorexia gets increasingly higher, *surgery* and body modification becomes more and more popular. Furthermore *it* is important to mention that young girls spend *almost* all their money *on* beauty products or *unneccessary* fashion. Unhealthy diets are promoted for reaching an unreachable ideal of beauty. *The time invested in this unreachable and destructive goal* should be used for *developing* the character *of oneself* to find out where their place in society is and what skills they want to reach *and cultivate* in *the* future. All *these* processes are disturbed by dealing with the feeling of being misplaced in the own body which is never "good enough". The girls feel save in their *bodies* and will *gain* more self confidence in their daily life and their role as a woman. It would *stabilize* their role in society and makes them less vulnerable. This self confidence can be used to become an active person in the local community. It leads to entrepreneurship because it develops leading- and team working skills. -Based on our partners we create a new network between rural and city communities. Rural communities shall be included and connected to the city center. The countryside should also be seen for its advantages. Especially in Estonia where the people even speak different languages within the same country, this exchange of cultures is very important. Kohila avatud noortekeskus is an Estonian speeking community while Lasnamäe huvikool almost only consists of Russian speakers, so its really important to create a new platform for cooperation and getting to understand each ot
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