Its a given that fitness is one of those avenues for women to feel confident about themselves, their bodies, and overall Spirits. Their identity, and their unique contribution to their photograph of womanhood. Yet, when women rewind back to those days of youthful adolescents, they are not just “girls.” They are young ladies, in the business of getting strong.
On April 6, 2019, the art of getting strong came with the feminine touch. In collaboration with Cairo American College’s Physical Education Department, and other guests, the “Girls Get Strong” fitness event took place in Egypt. CAC’s exclusive location inside of the Maadi neighborhood district, was sure to attract members of the CAC community, and guests of Cairo’s dynamic fitness world. Even more exciting was the energetic vibrancy of girls elevating in mind, body, and self-esteem. Imagining and producing a world, where girls take charge of their body images; and perception of self.
From Zumba, Hip Hop, self-esteem workshops, field exercises/games (and others), the event was filled with young women (and their mentors) using fitness as a way for motivation and healthy perceptions of self. Seeing adult women mentors and organizers, as Rebecca Riddle, served as reminders to the qualities of womanhood, that young girls should aspire to. Most importantly, it was a day of fun, while getting fit. Fit and fabulous, if I may add.
Observing the healthy developments of girl children, and encouragements of seeing woman, as abundant, nourishing, and full of ample opportunity. Building and harnessing healthy and sustaining relationships from an early age is just one of the ways in eradicating toxic feminine energy, within women’s circles. When young girls are taught positive interactions among each other-through the realm of fitness, art, and other realms of collective, creative expression; they are provided with life-long skills of healthy, relationship building with other women into adult age.
Training young girls (from early on) in collective work, and in sustaining the lives of each other, ensures that future generations of women will see each other as allies-not as competition. All too often, there is a failure for women to address toxic behaviors, existing in women’s circles-even beginning in childhood and adolescent years. Energies of destruction, competition, a monopoly on womanhood, deception, betrayal; or maiming other women to get ahead in securing male attention. One of the highlights of the “Girls Get Strong” event was seeing a future picture of women engaging in holistic and healthy practices, in the name of womanhood. Performing, participating, and creating with feminine energy in the way that girls, young women, and women should. It was phenomenal, indeed. The truth of it all is that young girls (and women) should work on improving their relationships with each other. It’s the necessary work that is crucial in getting girls to see each other as allies. It is part of the work in training young women to develop strong and loving relationships among each other.
Competition, ego, deception, and the monopoly of womanhood are inhibitors of the past; at least for those dames (and their mentors), who are serious in cleaning out the toxicity among women’s spaces. Those women, who exemplify and perform the true essence and nature of womanhood. One that works on healthy versions of connecting, intertwining, and creating more with other women. Moving in the direction and ensuring that women have reached awareness in doing the work of creating and trustworthy, loyal, and harmonic relationships among each other.
So, in the Spirit of fitness, one begins to observe how such spacing can allow for the natural harmony among women to take form. Watching young women move through Earth’s spacing at Cairo American College through dance, fitness, and other artistic measures of expression. Highlighting a communal setting of girls channeling healthy energy among each other, for the elevation of all, was exciting.
What cannot be left out of the “Girls Get Strong,” event were other symbols of nurturing, feminine interaction. The artistic decor of food, coming from Earth’s natural vegetation. Beautifully, decorated salads being shared among teachers. Various exhibitions and booths on counseling, and other events taking place. Physical imprints of girls’ empowerment through posters, pamphlets, and those of us coming to enjoy the spacing. Our different colors, cultures, ages, nations, all coming into picture perfect mode, in the Spirit of woman-and the Spirit of future, young women.
The “Girls Get Strong” campaign at Cairo American College is one of those events (and initiatives), which highlights the necessary work in the truest form of girls and women’s empowerment. Creating a network of healing among girls and women’s circles. Cleaning out negative attitudes and behaviors, which for too long, have been performed among women. Because the truth of the matter is that when young girls (women) clean up, the boys (men) shape up.
For, it is we the women who set the example for how humanity moves throughout Earth’s planes. The event reminded me of those earlier times in human her/history (some of it still present in certain parts of the world) when women and girls gathered to channel that sacred energy among themselves; and for the well-being of their communities. Men also became empowered when women were united.
Prior to leaving the event, I had to make sure to get an image captured with the WOMAN, herself-Rebecca Riddle-SuperShero and founder, behind the success and existence of “Girls Get Strong.” Fun-loving, ecstatic, and kind-spirited, as any dame could be. Being captured with her, makes it clear that there will be future involvements (and campaigns) for the strengthening of future women’s spaces and culture.
All in the practice of getting strong, with just us. . .Girls!