INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD

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How October 11 Became Day of the Girl

It's an alarming statistic that 66-million girls are out of school globally, and that there are 33-million fewer girls than boys in primary school. Back in September 2009, Plan Canada's Because I am a Girl initiative launched an online petition advocating for a Day of the Girl.

The One Canadian I Admire And Will Celebrate Today

For me, no one represents what International Day of the Girl Child intends to celebrate more than a young Canadian friend who is making a profound impact in the country of my birth. Hannah Godefa, only 15, exemplifies the best of what it means to be an international Canadian citizen.

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

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.
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Empowering Girls Globally From YVR

The first step was to draft my friends to the cause and open the Girl Effect YVR, a local chapter of volunteers. Following close to a year of meetings in my living room and coffee houses around town, we're about to host The Girl Effect: Empowering Girls Globally, a free public dialogue on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Vancouver Public Library.