What is Girls Belong Here?
The Plan International Canada Girls Belong Here program is part of a global movement to amplify the voices of girls and young women, advocate for their rights and support them in claiming a path of their choosing.
Since 2016, Girls Belong Here has created opportunities for young women (aged 14-24) to step into leadership roles in civil society organizations, corporations and government, helping demonstrate that women belong at all levels of leadership and have a right to equal opportunity in all industries. To date, the program has connected more than 150 female-identifying youth with leadership opportunities, and it has expanded beyond Canadian borders to be offered in other countries.
The fall 2022 program is especially meaningful because we are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the International Day of the Girl on October 11. This day was officially declared by the United Nations after a campaign led by Plan International Canada. While Girls Belong Here is typically offered in the fall around the celebration of the International Day of the Girl, we are thrilled to be expanding the program to also offer it in the spring of 2023, around the celebration of International Women’s Day. This expansion allows us to create more room for girls’ voices to be heard.
By empowering girls today and publicly standing beside them, we help foster a generation of girls and women who will break barriers, challenge stereotypes and contribute to our global economy and society.
A look back at previous years
Last year, Girls Belong Here was a successful and fully virtual program that incorporated new elements including Innovation Hubs and Speaker Series. We had 17 partners and more than 40 Youth Ambassadors participating across Canada, the United States, Sweden and Switzerland.
2020 was the program’s first virtual year, and our incredible partners and youth ambassadors rose to the occasion and met the challenge with resilience, creativity and renewed passion. Over the years, many girls and young women in Canada have been propelled into leadership positions to demonstrate their potential and show that girls belong wherever decisions are being made.
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