October 11th is the International Day of the Girl – Issues for Girls with Epilepsy
The International Day of the Girl, held annually on October 11th of every year, is a day that raises awareness of gender inequality and aims to support more opportunities for girls in communities around the world. Find out more about the International Day of the Girl here.
The BC Epilepsy Society is celebrating the International Day of the Girl this year by talking about some of the health issues that are often faced by girls with epilepsy. If you would like to find out more, just keep on reading!
It has been found that in addition to the health challenges often associated with epilepsy that are faced by both boys and girls with epilepsy, girls with epilepsy will also face additional unique health challenges that are not faced by boys with epilepsy. However, some girls with epilepsy may not even be aware of what these additional unique health challenges are. This is why it is important to learn more about them so that we can find out how best to combat them.
Some of the additional unique health challenges faced by girls with epilepsy can include, but are not limited to, issues with puberty, adolescence, hormones, sexual health, contraception and pregnancy. To learn more about the above topics and many more topics, you can check out the BC Epilepsy Society’s Women in Mind program here.
In honour of International Day of the Girl today, we are also excited to announce that in 2020, the BC Epilepsy Society will be launching the BCES Women’s Circle, which is a support group for people with epilepsy who identify as women, so keep an eye out on our website for information about that!
Happy International Day of the Girl everyone!