A Brief History and An Overview of Our Solutions to Social Issues
‘Girls without Barriers’ aims to introduce girls with outdoor sports and for the girls to discover themselves and their potential/strength/power. When the 6-day-long intensive camp is over, and when it is time to go home, the girls will have started questioning the societal norms that tell them that ‘They cannot do it’. The participant girl has swum, dived, jumped off a boat, sailed, walked the Lycian way under the moonlight, slept on mat in a small tent, ridden a bike on the roads of town with other girls, started the day with physical exercise, she danced while viewing herself in the mirror, transformed her relationship with her body, tried rhythm with percussion instruments, and has experienced music different than before. She has developed projects about ecological life, thought about consumption. Discovered the long path to martial arts, and yes, she has done all these in only a week!
In all adventures, in all exciting activities, a deep part of her used to say, “I cannot do this”. It used to be almost under her skin, built-in, by default. Her first reaction used to be “I cannot do it!” But then she sees how much she can do and achieve in a week. Then she is surprised. It is not actually like she used to think. She can do the things she thinks she could not do.
GwB hosted 200 girls from different towns of Turkey in 2015 in 7 camps, and in 2016 in 9 camp-weeks over the summer. As Alternative Life Association, we work for this change with all our hearts, and over the course of this journey, we have made wonderful friends. We achieved this transformation together.
For a future full of powerful women, the girls are in action!