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October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child, a day dedicated to celebrating the voices and power of girls, championing their rights worldwide, and reflecting on the challenges they continue to face because of their gender.

Across Canada and around the world, girls are making an impact and creating positive change in their communities and far beyond. They are leading the way as students, entrepreneurs, volunteers and activists, and proving that you are never too young to shape the future and improve the lives of others.

Yet, too many girls worldwide have limited or no access to education, harming their potential to earn a living and participate fully in their society. In Canada, girls have higher rates of depression, and are more likely to experience violence and poverty. Many of these challenges have been amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has amplified gender inequalities that existed long before the virus appeared in our communities. Day of the Girl Child is an opportunity to recommit to addressing these inequalities for we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.

This year’s United Nations theme for International Day of the Girl Child, My Voice Our Equal Future, reminds us that everyone benefits when girls have the chance to excel.

Follow us on social media using the hashtag #BecauseOfYou to learn more about the inspiring girls in our Women of Impact in Canada gallery. These girls have made exceptional contributions to STEM, the arts, politics, and human rights, and are also blazing the trail for future generations of change makers.

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Visual of International Day of the Girl Child 2020 branding: Off-white background with multi-coloured bubbles. Portraits of Agnes Macphail, Esther Marjorie Hill, Faith Dickinson, Hide Hyoto Shimitz and Tanya Tagaq.

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Visual of International Day of the Girl Child 2020 branding: Off-white background with multi-coloured bubbles. Portraits of Agnes Macphail, Esther Marjorie Hill, Faith Dickinson, Hide Hyoto Shimitz and Tanya Tagaq. Women and Gender Equality Canada corporate identity and Canada wordmark. Text reads: International Day of the Girl Child October 11, 2020.

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