2016 was a big year for our Strong Girls, Strong World program and the incredible young women leading the programs! Operating in partnership with Status of Women, YMCA and YWCA Canada, the Strong Girls, Strong World program has been operating for two years, to implement girl-led projects with 11 youth groups coast-to-coast.
Here are some highlights of Canadian girl power from the year!
To celebrate International Day of the Girl, Strong Girls, Strong World members from across Canada came together for the Summit! The Strong Girls, Strong World Summit celebrated the successes of all the youth groups to date, provided an opportunity to learn from one another and, to create action plans to bring back to their local communities and implement.
It was an incredible weekend of celebration and collaboration. Check out this video to watch the magic!
Break the Glass!
In Northern Alberta, the Strong Girls hosted a free event for youth called “Break the Glass”, focused on positive self-image and promoting positive connections. The event recognized and celebrated women who had “Broken the Glass” on issues of gender equality. Break the Glass included inspirational guest speakers, a “Break The Glass” women of inspiration wall, a henna booth, a button making station where participants could make buttons promoting positive body image, and a positive affirmation photo booth!
Habitat for Humanity Build
The Strong Girls in Muskoka made headlines by participating in a Habitat for Humanity build. Not only did this offer the opportunity for the youth to give back to their community, but they also gained exposure to a career path where women are traditionally underrepresented. Check out their awesome story on CTV news!
In Winnipeg, the Strong Girls, Strong World group hosted a community “Speakers Corner” for International Day of the Girl, at Polo Park Mall.They asked community members, “what can you do help to end gender discrimination?” and “what do young women and girls need in order to be empowered?”. They rallied community members to take the pledge to promote and protect gender equality in Winnipeg! Watch what the members had to say!