Girls' Rights

Achieving Girls' Rights Will Take More Than Removing Barriers

Plan International Canada | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Nearly 90 per cent of girls tell Plan International that they have more opportunities in life than their mothers did. That's progress. But in developing countries, girls are twice as likely as boys to suffer malnutrition, and 63 million girls (many more than boys) don't attend school. Removing barriers to education, health care and other rights isn't enough. We need to focus on how girls can move beyond merely surviving, to thriving.

Let's Leave No One Behind With the New Sustainable Development Goals

Plan International Canada | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Pregnancy is still one of the leading causes of death of girls in developing countries between 15 and 18. Worldwide, 16,000 children under five die every day. Girls and boys are left behind because of who they are or where they live. Women and girls from ethnic minorities have fared worst, and discriminated against because of their sex and race. Girls living in towns or cities are much more likely to have access to a skilled birth attendant than young women living in remote parts.

Let's Believe Women Who Report Sexual Assault

Lee Tunstall | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Living
Lee Tunstall

Survivors of sexual assault experience a great deal of shame and guilt, particularly young women, as they internalize the victim-blaming messages conveyed by the media. This often keeps them from seeking the support they so desperately need. This International Women's Day, we need to encourage more initiatives that are centred on girls and young women. We need to commit to eliminating barriers to accessing support for survivors of sexual violence. And we need to support projects that deconstruct and challenge rape culture. But most importantly, we must listen and believe young women when they speak.

104 Years Later Women Still Demand and Deserve Better

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 04.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

More than a century ago, an international conference of some 100 working women meeting in Copenhagen decided to establish an annual Women's Day. As we approach the 104th International Women's Day on March 8, large gender gaps remain both in Canada and globally. This time, however, the annual event may become a catalyst for meaningful action, at least in election-year Canada.

2015 and the UN: Great Expectations in Times Ahead

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

2015 promises to be a transformative year on the international development front and is therefore an appropriate time to reflect on a noteworthy milestone. The United Nations enters its 70th year -- and like some 70-year-olds, the beleaguered UN has found new vigour and relevance in people's lives, with Canada playing a role in some noteworthy accomplishments.

We Can Create New Realities for Girls

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

In a new global report conducted by Plan entitled Hear Our Voices, we spoke with more than 7,000 adolescent girls and boys from 11 countries in Asia, Africa, Central and South America. We wanted to learn more about what issues and concerns adolescent girls faced and how boys felt about those issues too.

Canada Committed To Girls' Rights: Harper

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - In a statement marking the International Day of the Girl Child, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada is committed to giving girls a stro...

It's Time to Connect the Dots on Gender-Based Violence

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
Rosemary McCarney

When the headlines fade, the daily, persistent, and pervasive violence against girls and women around the world will continue unabated and generally unreported. And it will persist until people and their governments start connecting the dots between these headline-making atrocities and the everyday, out of the headlines, violence targeted at girls and women on public streets, in the household, in the workplace, and in and around schools and why these incidents happen.

Nigerian Kidnapping Signals a Larger, Global Problem That We Can Change

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

The latest headlines about the kidnapping of some 300 Nigerian girls are part of an even larger and generally unreported story -- the widespread, worldwide tolerance of violence against women and girls. While the kidnapping is clearly an act perpetrated by an extremist group, it is also much more than that.

Is Rape Culture Human Nature or Nurture?

Yen To | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Yen To

In my formative years, a male counterpart stated that rape was part of the natural world. His claim was troubling on many levels. The most disconcerting was that his rationalization of a violent act was shared by others and normalized by laissez faire attitudes of civil institutions in general. The pervasiveness of violence against women seamlessly crosses borders and disregards economic statuses. From developing nations -- gang rapes in India, rape warfare in Africa -- to developed nations, with instances like fraternity rape parties in the U.S.

International Day of the Girl Child: Looking to the Future of Women

Lily Pourzand | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Lily Pourzand

Last year this time I had no idea that on the anniversary of the second International Day of Girl Child, I would be carrying a baby girl who will be born in a few months. Happy second International Girl Child Day to Malala, my unborn daughter and all other proud Canadian girls. You are the future!

Girl Rising: Education Is an Ally to Girls Around the World

Justin Reeves | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Impact
Justin Reeves

Girl Rising tells of girls facing arranged marriages, child slavery, and other injustices we only read about here in Canada. But the girls in the film all have a common ally: education. By getting an education, they're all able to change the course of their lives, breaking barriers and creating change.

Making Sure Girls Matter Every Day of the Year is Paramount

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

On October 11, 2012 the world marked the first-ever International Day of the Girl. The celebration was bittersweet, though, given it occurred against the backdrop of worldwide shock and headlines concerning 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, a young activist from Pakistan, shot in the head by a Taliban member because of her ongoing work and advocacy to ensure more girls get to go to school.

What We Have to Learn from 142 of the World's Girls

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 11.25.2012 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

This fall, we released a report from this study called, Hopes and Dreams, which provides a detailed look into the girls' lives at the tender age of five. There was good news: the majority of the girls in our study have parents who have high aspirations for them and who promote gender equality in their households.

The "Missing" Generation of Girls

John Laforet | Posted 01.09.2012 | Canada
John Laforet

It has been estimated that since the 1970s approximately 163 million girls have not been born due to sex selective abortions. In other words, couples waited until an ultrasound could determine the sex of the fetus and aborted because the fetus was female, resulting in 163 million girls not being born over the last 30 years.

Investing in Girls Is Good for Boys

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 11.24.2011 | Canada Living
Rosemary McCarney

The word is spreading: investing in girls is the catalyst poor countries need to break the cycle of poverty. But what about the boys? In our focus on girls, are we leaving the boys behind -- making them the new disadvantaged group?