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Women’s Day

Calling for equal power

International Women’s Day became official on March 1911 with the support of over one million people who demanded the realization of women’s rights. Today, it’s celebrated by millions all over the world and marks a time to reflect on progress, celebrate the women in our lives, and catalyze change.

‘Normal’ for too many women and girls is experiencing damaging gender stereotypes that challenge their power, equality and limit their potential. All women and girls have equal power, but not all get equal opportunity to exercise their power.

For International Women’s Day, Plan International Canada is calling on Canadians to Defy Normal so women and girls everywhere can realize their right to step into their power and tap into their limitless potential.  


Plan International Canada has released new data showing little progress has been made towards achieving gender equality with 70 per cent of women surveyed saying they have experienced some form of inequality in their lifetime, either due to discrimination or gender stereotypes.

The 1,400 women surveyed in Canada, ages 18-65, believe that gender stereotypes fuel expectations related to appearance, behavior and career choices .

Plan International Canada is calling on Canadians to share their power and help change harmful gender stereotypes so future generations of women and girls can unleash their power within and achieve their full potential.


Honour powerful women in your life

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This International Women’s Day, you can help advance gender equality by donating in tribute to a powerful woman in your life. 

We all know a powerful woman – one who stands up against harmful gender norms and stereotypes and helps create a brighter future for the next generation of women. Donate by March 8 to make a tribute that helps women thrive and empowers the next generation of women and girls. 

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