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International Day

of the Girl

All girls are born powerful. But ‘normal’ is girls denied the opportunity to unleash their inherent power and potential. You can use your power to help unleash theirs by rejecting the status quo and supporting girls to take their rightful seat at the table or exercising their right to education.

This International Day of the Girl, Defy Normal for girls everywhere!

Day of the Girl 2019

Canadians play a retro-style game on Girls’ Rights

To kick off International Day of the Girl in 2019, Plan International Canada brought together special guests – including Youth Ambassadors, Celebrated Ambassadors and Social Influencers – to play a retro-style game show challenging Canadians to know their facts from fiction when it comes to girls’ rights and equality.

Gender Equality: Female and Male Perspectives in Canada

A 2019 national survey of 1000 women and girls (ages 14-24) and 1,000 men and boys (ages 14-24) conducted by Plan International Canada has shed light on the barriers to leadership and existing misconceptions.

View the full report

Girls in Canada: Gender Equality Today

Plan International Canada conducted a survey of 1,000 Canadian girls in 2018, which examined the attitudes, behaviours and experiences of girls within a range of settings.

The data reveals just how ‘normal’ sexual harassment, gender discrimination and insecurity continue to be for girls across Canada such as the workplace, public places, and in the home.

» Download Girls in Canada: Gender Equality Today, 2018 Report (PDF)

More ways to take action

Do you know your facts?

Now, more than ever, it is imperative to confront biases to support and empower girls.

Plan International Canada has launched a game called Fact or Fact Check and is challenging Canadians to know their facts from fiction when it comes to girls’ rights and equality.

Download the game and test your knowledge

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Youth opportunities

Are you a young person between the ages of 14-24 who is passionate about gender equality and social justice?

Plan International Canada’s Youth Engagement initiatives provide a tangible way for young people to take action and drive positive change, both locally and globally.

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Plan International Canada led the global movement to make International Day of the Girl a reality, garnering all-party support from the Canadian Parliament and the United Nations. Since 2012, we have celebrated it annually, igniting a global mass movement to amplify girls’ voices, advocate for their rights, and elevate their position in society.

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Day of the Girl, 2018

In 2018, Plan International Canada created a diverse group of statues to symbolize girls and young women in Canada and worldwide who stand up and stand together for girls’ rights and gender equality.

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A young woman.
Day of the Girl, 2017

In 2017, girls across Canada set out to show the world that they belong in their dream jobs by stepping into positions of leadership, influence and power, such as the role of the Prime Minister of Canada.

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A young woman.
Day of the Girl, 2016

To mark the 5th International Day of the Girl on October 11, girls across Canada and around the world made their voices heard and contributed to meaningful decisions that affect everyone.

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Thank you to our Sponsors

Through our Girls Belong Here program we invited CEOs, Presidents, business leaders and members of senior leadership from around the country to participate in day-long seat shares with young women aged 14- to 24-years-old. For one day, these youth leaders called the shots – leading meetings, participating in important conversations, contributing to critical organizational goals and demonstrating the value of their unique perspectives. We are grateful for the support and participation of the sponsors mentioned below.

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