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Plan International Canada concludes International Day of the Girl celebrations with TSX bell ringing and youth roundtable

Suits star Sarah Rafferty and the Honourable Rona Ambrose join #GirlsBelongHere festivities

Toronto, ON – October 11, 2017 – TORONTO, October 11, 2017 – Suits star and Plan International Canada Celebrated Ambassador Sarah Rafferty, author and former Conservative Leader, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, and Plan International Canada President and CEO Caroline Riseboro joined a group of youth ambassadors to ring the closing bell at the Toronto Stock Exchange and round out the sixth International Day of the Girl.

Sarah Rafferty and group of youth ambassadors hold up sign with text: #GirlsBelongHere

The bell-ringing was followed by an intimate roundtable discussion between Sarah Rafferty, Caroline Riseboro, and a group of passionate young advocates for gender equality on the power of ambitious career aspirations and why it’s important for girls to dream big. The group engaged in a critical dialogue on the “dream gap” – a combination of gender stereotypes, discrimination and negative perceptions that can prevent girls from realizing their dreams – and addressed solutions to overcome these barriers.

Sarah Raggerty and Hon. Rona Ambrose cheer as closing bell ring on International Day of the Girl 2017

This event concludes Plan International Canada’s International Day of the Girl celebrations and highlighted the impact of the #GirlsBelongHere initiative. Through #GirlsBelongHere, a diverse group of young women from across the country stepped into their dream jobs for a day to meaningfully illustrate every girl’s right to realize her potential.

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About International Day of the Girl

In 2009, Plan International Canada led an extensive two-year campaign that engaged thousands of Canadians in a call for an International Day of the Girl as part of Because I am a Girl, a global initiative to end gender inequality and recognize girls' rights as human rights. In December 2011, with unanimous all-party support, the Canadian government led the United Nations to officially declare October 11 as the International Day of the Girl.

About Plan International Canada and the Because I am a Girl initiative

Founded in 1937, Plan International is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan International strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Because I am a Girl is Plan International’s global movement to transform power relations so that girls everywhere can learn, lead, decide and thrive.

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Plan International Canada
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