Be confident!

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This all-color cartoon-illustrated "graphic novel" for teen girls and young women follows the journey of four friends as they use their GIRLPOWER to prevent and solve problems with people. Have fun and gain confidence as you learn how to take charge of your safety and your freedom.

Also available in Spanish!
Coming soon in Arabic!

Teen girls and women often have to deal with the crippling effects of peer pressure, bullying, harassment, violence, and abuse, which can have a severe effect on their health, social, and academic skill development.

“Girlpower: Be Confident!” is the journey of four friends as they learn to tackle everyday problems and barriers, at school, work, public spaces, or even at home. Read about Meira, Ritu, Saina, and Taru – as they learn to reach their highest physical, intellectual, and social potential, using their “GIRLPOWER”!

The entertaining comic illustrations and engaging social stories address a wide range of personal safety issues with skills for teens and adults in simple, clear, and memorable language.

We aim to equip teenage girls and women with knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences to keep themselves emotionally and physically safe; help forge new patterns in social interaction; promote healthy life styles and choices; and overcome other barriers in reaching their highest social, physical, and intellectual potential by building their boundary-setting, self-advocacy, and positive peer interaction skills in a way that is effective, not fear-based, positive, and fun.

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The Girlpower: Be Confident! comic book teaches teenage girls and women how to take charge of their safety and have freedom. 
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Emotional safety

Setting boundaries

“Now I know how to protect myself from being bullied. I also learned how to stop unwanted touch.”

Table of contents

  • Take Charge of Your Safety!
  • Meet the Girlpower Friends
  • Girlpower Means 'Put Safety FIRST!'
  • How to Show Awareness & Confidence
  • Ways of Being More or Less Safe
  • Different Ways to Be Powerful
  • Meira Uses Her Walk-Away Power
  • Together or On Your Own
  • Know Your Safety Plan
  • Ritu Keeps Herself Safe on the Bus
  • Ritu Checks Before Changing Her Plan
  • The Girlpower Friends at the Park
  • Taru's New Watch
  • Emergencies
  • Friends at the Mall
  • Stop! I Need Help!
  • Introduction to Boundaries'
  • Please Stop' & 'Listening Power'
  • The Trash Can Technique
  • Taru Learns to Protect Her Feelings
  • Accepting Compliments
  • Safety Rules on Touch
  • Safety Rules About Private Areas
  • Bribes, Power, and Promises
  • Ritu Sets Firm Boundaries
  • Ritu Tells to Get Help
  • Taru Persists Until She Gets Help
  • What is Bullying?
  • Taru Gets Bullied At Work
  • Stop Others from Bullying
  • Handling Peer Pressure
  • Safe & Unsafe Friends
  • Trouble at Home
  • The Boyfriend Problem
  • The Girlpower Protection Promise
  • Additional Kidpower Resources
Nancy Driscoll
Girlpower is dedicated to my dear friend and wise mentor Nancy Driscoll for her dedication to serving girls and young women and inspiring them to recognize their own magic - and with deep appreciation for her crucial leadership as our Board President in making it possible for Kidpower International to become a lasting force for safety for people of all ages and abilities around the world.
- Irene van der Zande

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Comments from readers

I like the Girlpower comic book and how the girls handle different problems in their life. Meira is my favorite character.
I like the most – how voice helps us to be safe and how to protect our feelings even.
Felt nice to learn the skills. The skills are useful to become confident and safe, in one’s life.
Now I know how to protect myself from being bullied. I also learned how to stop unwanted touch.Now I know how to protect myself from being bullied. I also learned how to stop unwanted touch.
After the classes, I learned different powers like walk-away power, mouth-closed power, hands-down power etc.After the classes, I learned different powers like walk-away power, mouth-closed power, hands-down power etc.
- GARA, AGE 13
Daily we read horrifying news about abuse and violence against children especially girls. It is the aim of our school to teach our children to be confident leaders. We came across Girlpower comic book and safety trainings as a powerful method to ensure safety of the children. Ms. Sobha Rani, trainer from Kidpower has come to our school and trained our girl children in Girlpower Safety skills. The children also received a nice Girlpower comic book from which they can read interesting social stories and practise the skills on their own. Now I can tell with assurance that the girls are equipped with the necessary skills to protect themselves and face the world courageously.

- Appala Naidu, Principal ARDAR School

About the author

Irene van der Zande

Kidpower Founder and Executive Irene van der Zande is a master at teaching safety through stories and practices and at inspiring others to do the same. Her child protection and personal safety expertise has been featured by USA Today, CNN, Today Moms, the LA Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Publications include: cartoon-illustrated Kidpower Safety Comics and Kidpower Teaching Books curriculum; Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe; the Relationship Safety Skills Handbook for Teens and Adults; Earliest Teachable Moment: Personal Safety for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers; The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People, and the Amazon Best Seller Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels.
Patrick Jones - Course author

Book Adaptation
and Tech Team

Meet the team that brought Girlpower: Be Confident! to life!
Praveen Vempadapu
Kidpower India Director
Girlpower: Adapter
Amanda Golert
Kidpower Sweden Director
Girlpower: Concept Art
Sonali Upadhyaya
Animator, Illustrator, & Film Maker
Girlpower: Illustration
Gunjan Joshi
Visual Designer
Girlpower: Colors
Mackenzie Mitchell
Technical & Office Specialist
Eamon Saki
Technical & Office Manager
Marylaine Léger
Kidpower International Programs Director & Quebec Center Director