Even after 3 years of celebrating the Day of the Girl, the message behind this day is still important. Girls in many parts of the world still face discrimination simply because they’re girls. They face unique challenges and barriers to education, opportunities to make a living, and girls are also disproportionately affected by early and forced marriage, and poverty.
And yet, we know investing in girls is key to creating a brighter, safer future for everyone. When girls are educated, healthy and informed, they lift themselves, their children and their entire communities out of poverty.
See how Canada and other countries around the world celebrated Day of the Girl and a #BrighterFuture for girls everywhere!
Notes for a brighter future
World-renowned Post-it®Note artist, Andreas Kopp, joined Plan Canada in celebrating a brighter future for girls around the world by creating an 8-foot interactive Post-it Note installation at the Toronto Eaton Centre. We were proud to have two of our Celebrated Ambassadors, actress Sarah Rafferty and three-time Olympic champion Marnie McBean, take part in this artistic creation alongside supporters.
Check out our photo album to see how over 1,200 inspirational notes were transformed into an image that celebrates the spirit of Day of the Girl!
Members of Parliament show support for girls’ rights
We’re proud that Canadians, including the Government of Canada, helped Plan Canada champion the call for an internationally recognized Day of the Girl at the United Nations back in 2010. This year, in their own words, Members of Parliament continued to show their support for girls’ rights here at home and abroad, and celebrate Day of the Girl on social media:
— Justin Trudeau, MP (@JustinTrudeau) October 11, 2014
— Dr. Kirsty Duncan (@KirstyDuncanMP) October 8, 2014
There was even an International Day of the Girl statement from Member of Parliament, Mylène Freeman. See more highlights from other Members of Parliament.