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Women’s Day

Every year on March 8, the world celebrates the accomplishments of women while shining a light on the work that still needs to be done to achieve gender equality.

‘Normal’ for too many girls means experiencing roadblocks that challenge their power, freedom and equality as they enter womanhood. This International Women’s Day, Plan International Canada is calling on Canadians to Defy Normal.



Plan International Canada partnered with Nanos Research to release new national survey data that reveals the roadblocks young women experience as they enter womanhood.

The survey found that young women in Canada are less likely to believe they can lead, to believe their ideas are taken seriously, or to feel empowered to share their opinions, and are more likely to feel pressure to change their physical appearance and behaviours.

For International Women’s Day, Plan International Canada is calling on Canadians to Defy Normal by not just listening to girls, but amplifying their voices, and helping to support their transition into empowered, confident women, ready to unleash their full potential.

Ways to take action

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This International Women’s Day, be a role model and champion for gender equality by having a conversation with the youth in your life. Use our How-To-Guide with 5 ways to empower youth and have honest conversations about gender inequality.

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Give a gift that keeps on giving. Support our efforts to empower girls in Canada while engaging boys and men to redefine gender norms and advocate for equality!

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