Parliament Hill has been taken over.
A group of girls are challenging Canadian politicians and business leaders to "give up their seats" to be part of the #GirlsBelongHere campaign.
The girls are in Ottawa for a week to mark International Day of the Girl, which is officially on Oct. 11.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, welcomed the group on Tuesday.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 4, 2016
“Women and girls belong in the seats of classrooms, boardrooms, senate chambers, courtrooms, press rooms, and corner offices," Gregoire Trudeau said in a Twitter video. "They belong on the playing field, behind the camera, and in science and research. Girls belong here and everywhere else where decisions are made."
Participating MPs also extended a welcome on Twitter, posting selfies, photos, and videos with their guests.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Raisa:
— Catherine McKenna (@cathmckenna) October 4, 2016
Minister of International Development Marie-Clause Bibeau and Gelsey:
Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Nyagua:
House Speaker Bardish Chagger and Georgia:
Indigenous & Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Reina:
The campaign is being promoted by Plan International Canada, a development agency that aims to end global poverty.
Gregoire Trudeau is one of the organization's ambassadors, and part of its "Because I am a Girl" initiative that targets gender inequality and girls' rights around the world.
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