International Day of the Girl

What Happens When Girls Flee Conflict Zones

World Vision | Posted 10.11.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

As a little girl growing up in the 1980s during the final years of Lebanon's 15-year civil war, my family often had to take shelter underground from these attacks. I can remember the sting of my fear, how I could almost smell it in my mother and father and siblings.

Unleash the Power of Adolescent Girls

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 10.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

To unleash the power of the adolescent girls is to create a world where girls are able to take advantage of any and every opportunity to come her way. It means to create a world where she not only has access to education, but also the freedom to attend school. Where she has reliable sources of nutrition-rich food and clean water, and doesn't have to risk sexual assault to collect it.

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.

Dare to Dream in Technicolour for a Better World

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

In September, I take up my new responsibilities in Geneva, Switzerland as Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament. The UN reflects the dreams and aspirations of not just Canadians but of the world. My new role will allow me to address global challenges from a different perspective than I've had at Plan Canada, but as I prepare to leave I reflect on a few proud accomplishments that bolster my confidence and hope for the future.

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.

Let's Remember #BringBackOurGirls on International Day of the Girl Child

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

October 11th marks the International Day of the Girl Child, a day to promote the rights of girls and address the unique challenges they face. It will also mark the 179th day since more than 270 Nigerian girls were awakened by gunfire and kidnapped from their Chibok boarding school by Boko Haram.

Stop Telling Women to Have Kids

Jennifer Hough | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Hough

Why is it, everywhere you turn these days, there's a story, post, blog or tweet about women having babies, trying to have babies, or what to do now that said baby is born. And why is it, when we've come so far from the burning of the bras, that the conversation has only shifted from stay-at-home mums to having-it-all mums?

Canadian Girls Are Suffering From "Supergirl Dilemma"

Saman Ahsan | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Living
Saman Ahsan

While it's always good practice to stop and celebrate our achievements and accomplishments, we still have a long way to go to truly empower girls. The non-profit organization, Girls' Inc. coined the term "supergirl dilemma" in a 2006 report to describe the pressure on girls to be everything to everyone, all the time.

10 Lessons We Can All Learn From Malala Yousafzai

Shane Feldman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Shane Feldman

I think the perfect girl to focus on today is Malala Yousafzai. Malala is 16 years old. She's a girl from Pakistan who has always loved to read, write, and learn. Malala is an education and women's rights advocate, and she has been for much of quite a while.

I Can't Accept A World Where Girls Aren't Empowered

Lucy Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Lucy Miller

I can't accept a world where girls have to worry about becoming a child bride, or being raped, or sold, or abused. I can't accept a world where girls aren't allowed to go to school, to become leaders in their community, to make choices and to be happy. Yet that is the world we live in.

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.

Thank You All for Supporting Malala

Tahir Gora | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada
Tahir Gora

Thank you Madonna for beating the drum for Malala Yousafzai. You have delivered a strong message to all celebrities across the world that they have to come out of their cozy lives and needed to be well informed as you are. Thank you Madonna for saying the words, "Support education! Support women!"

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.