“What does gender equality mean to you?”
This is the question Plan International Canada’s Global Ambassador Madame Sophie Grégoire Trudeau is asking Canadians on International Women’s Day, March 8.
From coast to coast to coast, the issue of gender inequality is one that affects all Canadians.
In Canada and around the world, men, boys, women and girls, are all impacted by restrictive gender narratives that limit their potential, define their roles, and dim their dreams. But imagine the possibilities of living in a world where everyone could enjoy the same rights and freedoms regardless of their gender.
We have the power to change these stories by rethinking our traditional ideas about gender and challenging the status quo.
We can #ChangeTheStory and Unite for Gender Equality
On International Women’s Day Madame Grégoire Trudeau will participate in a meaningful discussion with youth in Ottawa about how we can #ChangetheStory and unite under a shared banner of gender equality.
Together, they will explore how we can grow and sustain real equality, with men and boys playing an integral role in the process. At Plan International Canada, we know that for change to take root, the entire community must help sow the seeds and cultivate growth. That’s why we are committed to working with all members of a community, including boys and men to ensure equality can flourish and girls can thrive.
When communities invest in girls and support their rights, they build a sustainable future where women can lead and lift their families out of poverty. In fact, women invest more of their income back into their families and communities – with many experts reporting up to 90%. And for every extra year a girl stays in school, her future income can increase by 10 to 20%.
From Guatemala where Plan International Canada works with young men to challenge mainstream attitudes towards girls and women to Kenya where we work alongside community elders to end the practice of Female genital mutilation, we’ve seen first-hand the power of bringing everyone to the table.
That’s why this International Women’s Day we’re bringing all Canadians to the table, and encouraging them to unite for gender equality. Girls and women cannot rewrite the story alone – nor should they have to. Boys and men are allies, and together we are stronger.
More than 40 years after the United Nations first marked International Women’s Day in 1975, great strides have been made but we cannot reach our goal until everyone joins the march for equality.
This year Plan International Canada and Madame Grégoire Trudeau call on each and every Canadian to begin changing the story by sharing their visions for a world where all genders are equal.
Join the conversation with #SharewithSophie
Join the conversation by commenting below or using the hashtag #SharewithSophie to let the world know what gender equality means to you.
To make sure the conversation on International Women’s Day is not limited to Ottawa, your comments and questions will be shared with Sophie and youth at our International Women’s Day event to spur a deeper conversation about how gender stereotypes influences all our lives.
On March 8th let’s #ChangetheStory for all genders across Canada and the globe.