For the last two years, young people across the country challenged stereotypes and paved the way for change through their Strong Girls, Strong World projects. Through the generous support of Status of Women Canada, and our partnership with YMCA and YWCA Canada, the Strong Girls, Strong World youth groups had the opportunity to identify issues within their community, and design and implement a solution!
Read more about the incredible local projects led in communities across Canada to promote equality and empowerment.
Young mothers from Halifax banded together to promote solidarity among young mothers across Canada through a collaborative social justice art piece. They created art pieces addressing the challenges and joys of being a young mother in Canada, and turned them into postcards that were sent to centres for young mothers across Canada. Over 1,310 postcards are now in circulation, spreading messages of friendship and support!
Northern British Columbia
The young women in the Northern BC group created a Thank You Box fundraiser, where boxes were sold to community members to give as Valentine’s Day gifts! They raised $1,360, and 100% of the proceeds from the boxes were donated to an organization that provides services for victims of sexual abuse.
Vancouver’s Youth Advisory Committee designed a youth-led toolkit for mobilizing youth to utilize their voices, passion, experience and ideas to create meaningful change in their community.
The Northern Alberta group channeled their passion for feminism and gender equality by designing a youth conference focused on positive self-image and promoting positive connections, which included fun activities like henna art and a positive affirmation photo booth!
Through examining gender barriers in their communities, the Muskoka youth group decided to shed light on the representation of women in the Muskoka workforce. Trades in Muskoka account for a large portion of well paid, full-time jobs, and are predominantly serviced by men. The group’s mission was to engage young women in activities and research around these types of careers to broaden the realm of career aspirations for young women.
The Winnipeg youth group recognized the importance of educating themselves on their rights, and stance on human rights issues, and wanted to create tools to help other youth in their community learn too. They created youth-led activities educating about power and privilege, and a consent toolkit for understanding boundaries, consent and healthy relationships.
Greater Toronto Area
The Toronto group explored women’s rights through examining the barriers facing their own community. This led to the idea of focusing on empowerment through an enterprise model. The young women participated in workshops to learn new skills including self-defense, sewing, cooking and creating body care products. The participants passed on these skills to other youth, and sold the products they created in the workshops to benefit a local youth charity.
Quebec & Montreal
The Quebec and Montreal groups teamed up to leverage local resources, people, and spaces to engage their community in conversations around gender equality, feminism and violence against women. They created a photo exhibition featuring 15 inspiring local women titled, Women in Words. The youth took courses on photography in order to build their skills to take the portraits, and each portrait was accompanied by a feminist essay on gender equity written by each of the featured women. The exhibit was officially debuted at the Bibliotheque Et Archives National Du Quebec for International Women’s Day on March 8th, where each of the featured women read their essays live.
Hamilton’s project included Young Women’s Advisory Council who focused on creating spaces for young women to establish their own leadership opportunities through supportive relationships and service-learning. The council identified three local areas in which they felt women are underrepresented: commerce, politics, and media. They addressed these areas by organizing workshops for their peers with local organizations and businesses. They also released a toolkit, “Girl’s Guide” to share tips and best practices with their peers on social media! Check it out on Instagram!
The Moncton group focused on driving social change using a youth-led approach to addressing barriers to young women’s leadership. By collaborating with other youth and community groups, media outlets and education authorities, the youth shared their knowledge of human rights, anti-oppression, allyship, and body positive programming to enrich their community. They facilitated their leadership and body positive workshops at local schools, and community centres.
Girls can change the world. It’s proven that when we invest in girls, they will give back in countless ways to improve the lives of their families, communities and nations. Support the Because I am a Girl Project today to be a part of that change.