On International Women’s Day, Plan Canada calls on Canadians to create a brighter future for women and girls

Plan Canada marks International Women’s Day with a celebration of girls’ education as a path to women’s empowerment

TORONTO, CANADA, March 2, 2015 – In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, Plan Canada is calling on all Canadians to join the movement in support of gender equality and to create a brighter future for women and girls.

Recognizing a critical connection between girls’ education and women’s empowerment, Plan Canada and the Toronto District School Board’s (TDSB) Young Women on the Move initiative will be hosting Girl-Powered Problem Solving, an inspiring event to be held in Toronto on March 4. It will bring together more than 400 girls and their mentors, and the students will learn about developing the persistence and resilience needed to overcome challenges and solve problems encountered in all aspects of life. Through interactive skill-building activities, the students will also explore fields where women are traditionally underrepresented, such as science, technology, engineering and math.

“Though there has been significant progress on women’s rights, on International Women’s Day we are addressing the obstacles many women and girls still face in Canada and around the world, including barriers to education,” said Kristy Payne, Vice President of Communications and Public Engagement at Plan Canada. “We’re encouraging Canadians to start a conversation about gender equality and use their voice to help create a brighter future for women and girls that ultimately benefits everyone.”

The Girl-Powered Problem Solving event will also shed light on the fact that some 62 million girls globally are denied the right to go to school, and that access to quality education can provide a foundation for girls to become capable, confident women who can assert their rights even while confronting barriers. According to the World Bank, for every year a girl stays in school her potential income will increase by 15 to 25 per cent. And with secondary schooling, she is six times less likely to be married as a child, says research by Girls Not Brides.

Plan’s global action and advocacy efforts in 70 countries around the world, including the Because I am a Girl initiative, help to empower girls who are denied the basic resources and investments they need to reach their potential as they grow into adulthood. “By investing in girls everywhere we can support a generation of empowered women, mothers, workers and leaders who will improve the lives of everyone around them and create a cycle of progress for their families, communities and entire nations,” said Payne.

Other ways Plan Canada is celebrating International Women’s Day 2015

On social media:

  • Canadians can share what they are doing to create a brighter future for girls and women or what a brighter future means to them using the #BrighterFuture hashtag.
  • Join Plan Canada on Facebook and Twitter to share and retweet the message that empowering girls and women everywhere is important: becauseiamagirl.ca/international-womens-day

Advocate:

  • Support Plan in its call to the government to establish a national action plan to end violence against women and children in Canada: plancanada.ca/take-action
  • Plan is encouraging Canadians to sign the Up for Debate petition calling for a leader’s debate in the next federal election focused on women and girls at home and abroad: upfordebate.ca

Celebrate and donate:

  • Canadians can celebrate International Women’s Day in their own way by holding a talk or presentation about women’s issues in their work place, school, or community; organizing a bake sale, book swap or other fundraiser in support of girls’ rights; and more. For ideas and resources, visit: becauseiamagirl.ca/what-can-i-do
  • Learn about the growing global momentum behind girls’ and women’s rights at becauseiamagirl.ca
Join our conversations online around International Women’s Day
About Plan and the Because I am a Girl initiative

Founded in 1937, Plan is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan has only one agenda: to improve the lives of children. Because I am a Girl is Plan’s global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls – and everyone around them – out of poverty. Visit plancanada.ca and becauseiamagirl.ca for more information.

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Abigail Brown, Senior Media and Public Relations Manager, Plan Canada
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