This Summer we were blessed with incredible weather in the Pacific Northwest which allowed for a summer full of adventures. Here’s a recap on what our SheJumps season looked like:
SEA KAYAKING: WA COAST
SheJumps PNW Ambassador, Freya Fennwood, teamed up with Pygmy Boats to host our first Sea Kayaking event in July. Over 20 women joined SheJumps for the first time to help us raise $500! We were able to send a girl to Kayak camp who would otherwise not have the means to do so through our SheJumps-Pygmy Boats Scholarship.
Fun Fact: the average age of participants for this event was 45… Rock on, ladies!
5POINT FILM FESTIVAL
The American Alpine Club hosted the 5Point Film Festival this year and SheJumps was able to join the group in Bellingham, WA! We enjoyed a night of games, delicious local food and made new friends before dusk. As soon as night fell the films aired. There were so many incredible short films- it felt like they just kept getting better! This one was one of my favorites:
ARC’TERYX STORE OPENING
On September 6th, SheJumps was invited to attend a pre-opening party at Arc’Teryx in downtown Seattle the night before the store opened to the public. This Seattle-based store is Arc’Teryx’s flagship Brand Store in the United States and is nestled in the heart of downtown Seattle.
The night was full of energy as CEO Vincent Wauters spoke about Arc’Teryx’s vision for the future and excitement to be in the Pacific Northwest. Arc’Teryx athlete, Roger Strong, shared his adventures rock climbing and skiing around the area. This is where our regional partnership with Arc’Teryx started and we are proud to announce that this Fall and Winter we will be hosting a series of educational events at the flagship store! Stay tuned for more information.
POO POO POINT: HIKING AND YOGA
This event was hosted by long time SheJumper, Meaghann Gaffney, and was attended by 21 women. We got out to the “Issaquah Alps” on a Saturday afternoon to hike to Poo Poo Point. Up top, local yoga instructor, Colleen Bell, lead all of the women in a group yoga class in the fog. It was a magical afternoon.
On the first rainy weekend of our transition from Summer to Fall, 9 SheJumpers came together in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle for a two hour long paddle and yoga class. WASUP is a local company that has combined Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Yoga on the Puget Sound. Amidst threatening calls of thunder and a few rain showers, we prevailed and made it an awesome morning.
SheJumps was honored to host a screening of, Girl Rising, in downtown Seattle on September 26th. This incredible documentary highlights nine girls from all around the world who face adversity or challenges, but pursue their dreams of receiving an education. It was incredibly moving and informative, and was attended by 140 community members! Here are some of the stats we took away:
1. Globally, 66 million girls out of school. (UNESCO)
2. 80% of all human trafficking victims are girls. (UNFPA)
3. There are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school (Education First)\
4. 75% of AIDS cases in sub-Saharan Africa—the region hardest hit by the disease—are women and girls. (UNAIDS)
5. In a single year, an estimated 150 million girls are victims of sexual violence.
6. 50% of all the sexual assaults in the world are on girls under 15. (UNFPA)
7. 14 million girls under 18 will be married this year; 38 thousand today; 13 girls in the last 30 seconds. (UNFPA)
8. The #1 cause of death for girls 15-19 is childbirth. (World Health Organization) 9. Girls with 8 years of education are 4 times less likely to be married as children.
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10. 11. Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school.
12. School is not free in over 50 countries. (UNESCO)
13. A girl on planet earth has a 1 in 4 chance of being born into poverty. (The World Bank)
14. A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more as an adult. (The World Bank)
15. Women operate a majority of small farms and business in the developing world. (Focus on Five)
16. If India enrolled 1% more girls in secondary school, their GDP would rise by $5.5 billion. (CIA World Factbook) (Global Campaign for Education and RESULTS Education Fund)
17. There are 600 million girls in the developing world. (The World Bank)