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    WE Know
    #girlsbelonghere

    Girls belong in their dream jobs. We need to address the “dream gap.” This year, in celebration of International Day of the Girl, girls from across Canada will have the chance to sit in their dream job for the day. Young women will realistically and meaningfully experience what it’s like to be in those roles and reveal the barriers that oftentimes impede or deny women from realizing their potential.

Bridging the dream gap

Plan International Canada led the global movement with the support of the Canadian Parliament and the United Nations to officially declare October 11 as International Day of the Girl. It’s a key moment every year to shine a light on the myriad of issues that affect girls around the world.

Every girl has a dream of some kind – one that’s personal and meaningful to how she wants to live her life. Together we can play a part in supporting girls to help make their aspirations a reality. We need to come together to support girls’ rights, break down gender stereotypes, and change perceptions about what’s possible for girls.

This year, through Girls Belong Here, Plan International Canada will show that we can all help bridge the “dream gap.” This gap is a complex combination of barriers such as harmful gender norms, discrimination and negative perceptions that either deny or impede girls from attaining their dream job and may prevent them from realizing their potential.

Get involved

Are you a girl or know a young woman who wants to get involved and shine a light on the “dream gap”? Check out our online toolkit with tips to sit in your dream job for the day and lead your own #GirlsBelongHere initiative.

Our Blog

Stay on top of all our inspiring news leading up to this year’s International Day of the Girl.

Sophie Trudeau with Caroline RiseboroSophie Trudeau with Caroline Riseboro

Seeing is believing

Last year, girls from around the world showed the world that they belong in decision-making seats.

#GirlsBelongHere
and so do you!

Our message is inspiring. Look at who’s sharing it and recognizing the power and potential of girls. Join the conversation online!