Sophie Grégoire Trudeau joins Plan International Canada and youth for symbolic 'Moment of Defiance' to mark International Day of the Girl & one year of #MeToo.


October 10, 2018 (TORONTO, ON) –On International Day of the Girl, Thursday, October 11, 2018, Plan International Canada Global Ambassador Sophie Grégoire Trudeau will join Plan International Canada president & CEO, Caroline Riseboro, and a fierce group of Defiant Girls at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre for the release of new survey data exploring the realities of gender equality for girls 14- to 24-years-old in Canada today.

Aligned with the one-year anniversary of the #MeToo movement, the Plan International Canada report, Girls in Canada: Gender Equality Today, conducted by Nanos Research, reveals just how 'normal' sexual harassment, gender discrimination and insecurity continue to be for girls across Canada.

On a day dedicated to girls' rights, Plan International Canada will call on Canadians to defy this normal, and will stage a symbolic 'moment of defiance' photo op with Madame Grégoire Trudeau and more than 20 Defiant Girls – young women who dare to defy normal each day in pursuit of gender equality.

Media are invited to capture the event's opening remarks delivered by Madame Grégoire Trudeau, the official survey release issued by Caroline Riseboro and a selection of Defiant Girls, as well as the photo op.

There will be limited opportunity for interviews following the formal program.

When: Thursday, October 11, 2018

  • 09:45 a.m. – Media arrival, registration & set-up
  • 10:00 a.m. – Official program begins
    • Remarks (15 mins)
  • 10:15 a.m. – Photo Op: Moment of Defiance followed by interview opportunities
  • 10:30 a.m. – Event end

Where: CF Toronto Eaton Centre (220 Yonge St.), Albert's Way space (James St. & Albert St. entrance)

  • On-site media opportunities:
    • Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Plan International Canada Global Ambassador
    • Caroline Riseboro, President and CEO, Plan International Canada
    • 20+ Defiant Girls, Youth advocates participating in Plan International Canada programs
  • Important Notes:
    • The event space will also feature six unique statues created by Plan International Canada to symbolize the resilience, diversity and power of girls and young women across Canada.
    • Audio feed plug-in will be available for coverage of the formal event program
    • Plan International Canada to share high-resolution images following the event
    • Interviews with Madame Grégoire Trudeau, Caroline Riseboro and Defiant Girls will be arranged on-site by request
    • Follow International Day of the Girls activities on social with @PlanCanada, #DefyNormal and #DayoftheGirl

About Plan International Canada

Plan International Canada is a member of a global organization dedicated to advancing children’s rights and equality for girls. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years and are now active in more than 70 countries.

We are calling on all Canadians to Defy Normal: to believe in the power and potential of every child and to take a stand anywhere children are oppressed, exploited or left behind and anywhere girls aren’t equally valued.

Together, we can create a world where all unleash their full potential.

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Plan International Canada led the global movement to make International Day of the Girl (IDG) 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.

To learn more about Plan International Canada's International Day of the Girl campaign visit