Always Strives to Keep Girls in Sports by Teaming Up with Organizations to Provide Access and Support for Girls Everywhere to Keep Playing #LikeAGirl

Latest Always Survey Reveals Nearly Seven in Ten Girls Do Not Feel Encouraged to Play Sports*
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 12:42 pm BST

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On Monday 08th August Always® announced that it is teaming up with organizations around the world to contribute to the goal of keeping girls in sports through the Always #LikeAGirl – Keep Playing programme. Coinciding with the beginning of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, Always is partnering with UN Women to help girls build and maintain their confidence through sports. 

“Earlier this summer, Always embarked on a new chapter in its mission to stop the drop in confidence girls experience at puberty by encouraging all girls to stay in sports and Keep Playing #LikeAGirl. We’re so excited to create meaningful relationships that make a real difference to keep more girls in sports, and drive awareness on the important role that sports play in building girls’ confidence,” said Fama Francisco, President for Global Feminine Care, Procter & Gamble.

Always and UN Women Partnership

Partnership efforts kicked off on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where Always® committed its support to the UN Women & International Olympic Committee (IOC) initiative “One Win Leads to Another,” that will give 2,500 local Brazilian girls aged 10-18 years access to sports and a confidence-building curriculum as part of a six-month pilot programme. These organizations are coming together to achieve their shared goal to invest in girls’ skills and training to support a generation of stronger, more confident and empowered women.

“The power of sport should never be underestimated. It can change lives, through increasing girls’ and young women’s beliefs in their own abilities, encouraging them to take initiative and aim high”, said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

About Always #LikeAGirl

The Always #LikeAGirl movement is being fueled by the millions of girls around the world who are changing #LikeAGirl to mean amazing things. The Always #LikeAGirl campaign launched in June 2014 was inspired by the insight that the start of puberty and the first period mark the lowest moment in confidence for girls and how harmful words can add to that drop in confidence. It demonstrated the profound effect the phrase “like a girl” can have on girls’ self-confidence and it inspired a movement, which has started to change public perception: after seeing the #LikeAGirl video, most people (76 percent of women ages 16 to 24 and 59 percent of men) said the video changed their perception of the phrase “like a girl,”*** according to the Always Puberty & Confidence Wave II Study. But it could not stop there. In 2015, a new Always study revealed that 72 percent of girls feel society limits them by telling them what they should and should not do or be. And more than half of girls felt that societal limitations would be the same or worse ten years from now, showing a lack of hope for change. Always could not accept that and launched the Unstoppable #LikeAGirl campaign to empower all girls to show the world that they could do or be anything and everything. In March 2016, the brand tackled the subtle bias conveyed through emojis, and the resulting conversation can be credited in part for a proposal to UNICODE Consortium that has yielded more female options. In June 2016, the brand released new survey data which finds that half of girls quit sports by age 17 and that seven in ten girls do not feel encouraged to play, despite data that links sports participation to increased confidence. To help keep girls in sports, Always launched the new Always #LikeAGirl – Keep Playing initiative, now in progress. For more information about the #LikeAGirl movement, visit www.always-info.co.uk.

Always are very proud to partner with Olympic Champion Laura Trott.  Hear how Laura Trott's passion for sport helped her to stay confident #LikeAGirl...

Survey Methodology

*The Always Confidence & Puberty Wave IV Study was conducted by MSLGROUP Research utilizing Research Now Panels that surveyed a total of 1,514 Americans. There was a nationally representative sample group of 1,006 females aged 16 to 24 year old and 508 males aged 16 to 24. The survey was implemented between the dates of December 30, 2015 through January 7, 2016.

**The Always Confidence & Puberty Wave III Study was conducted by MSLGROUP Research utilizing Research Now Panels that surveyed a total of 1,800 Americans (1,300 American females aged 16 to 24 years old and 500 American males aged 16 to 24). There was a nationally representative sample group of 1,000 females and 500 males as well as an additional boost of 150 African American and 150 Hispanic American females. The survey was implemented between the dates of April 30, 2015 through May 8, 2015.

***The Always Confidence & Puberty Wave II Study was conducted by MSLGROUP using the Research Now Panel that surveyed a total of 1,800 Americans (1,300 American females aged 16 to 49 years old and 500 American males aged 16 to 49). There was a nationally representative sample group of 1,000 females and 500 males as well as an additional boost of 150 African American and 150 Hispanic American females. The survey was implemented between the dates of December 5, 2014 through December 12, 2014.

About Always

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