From interactive 3D art to 'Girl Rising' film screenings, Plan Canada
offers ways to mark the day
CANADA, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - October 11, 2013 will mark the second International Day of the Girl and
Plan Canada is encouraging all Canadians to join in and celebrate the
day through a series of public events and activities in communities
across the country as well as show their support online.
"This day came together because of a social movement and push for action
on girls' rights led by everyday Canadians so it really is a day that
everyone can own and participate in," says Paula Roberts, Executive
Vice-President with Plan Canada. "Whether it's wearing a Because I am a Girl t-shirt in your school or workplace, joining Day of the Girl activities
in your community or online, or simply watching the world 'go pink,'
this is a day you can shape in your own way while still joining in
solidarity with people across the world."
In 2009, Plan Canada led an extensive two-year campaign that engaged thousands of Canadians in a call for an International Day
of the Girl as part of its Because I am a Girl initiative - a global initiative to end gender inequality, promote
girls' rights and lift millions of girls, and everyone around them, out
of poverty. The day was officially declared by the United Nations in 2011 and the world marked the very first International Day of the Girl last year.
This year promises even more ways for Canadians to celebrate and
advocate for girls' rights.
Plan Canada's Day of the Girl events and activities include:
A vibrant 3D-styled interactive installation at the St. Laurent Centre in Ottawa from October 9 to October 11. Free and open to all members of the
public, this unique creation will invite passersby's to become part of
a picture that delivers a powerful message about every girl's right to
an education. Canadian Olympic Champion and Because I am a Girl celebrated ambassador Jenn Heil will also participate in the
installation on October 10.
Multiple screenings across Canada of Girl Rising a ground-breaking film that tells the stories of 9 brave girls from
around the globe who've had to confront and overcome adversity in their
lives. Narrated by leading celebrities like Alicia Keys, Freida Pinto,
Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep, this film demonstrates how educating
girls can change the world. Proceeds from this event and other
screenings across the country will support Because I am a Girl. Check becauseiamagirl.ca for screening times and locations.
To celebrate online, you can share your own Day of the Girl messages and
photos using the hashtag #DayoftheGirl. Or join Plan Canada's "Raise Your Hand for Girls' Education" Facebook Campaign. This quick and easy Facebook app lets you virtually "raise your hand"
in support of girls' education along with millions around the world.
Find the app at becauseiamagirl.ca/raiseyourhand
Monuments around the world will also be lit up in pink to commemorate
the day. Here in Canada the legislative buildings in the Northwest
Territories and British Columbia, Niagara Falls, Toronto's CN Tower, and Newfoundland's Cabot Tower are just a few iconic monuments that will
be "pinkified" on October 11.
While Plan Canada will play host to a number of events, a digital Day of
the Girl Celebration Toolkit is available on becauseiamagirl.ca to help people come up with their own ways to mark the day.
"It's been inspiring to see the buzz online and hear from people across
the country who have decided to hold their own Day of the Girl events,"
adds Paula Roberts. "With so many girls in the world denied access to
an education and facing so many other barriers because of their gender,
this is as much a day of celebration as it is a day to take some
action, no matter how small, that demonstrates that girls everywhere
deserve to have their human rights respected and protected."
With an estimated 65 million girls worldwide out of school and denied an
education due to poverty, violence and discrimination, Plan Canada
looks to this second International Day of the Girl as an added
opportunity for Canadians to join the world in a global call to action
on prioritizing quality education for girls. Plan's research has also
shown that supporting girls' education is one of the single best
investments that governments and nations can make to help end global
poverty and advance the rights and opportunities of girls.
Plan will release its 7th annual Because I am a Girl State of the World's Girls Report called "In Double Jeopardy: Adolescent Girls and Disasters" on October 11, 2013, the International Day of the Girl, to bring
attention to the significant challenges that girls face during
About Plan and the 'Because I am a Girl' initiative
Founded in 1937, Plan is one of the world's oldest and largest
international development agencies, working in partnership with
millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for
profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan has
only one agenda: to improve the lives of children. Because I am a Girl is Plan's global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls'
rights and lift millions of girls - and everyone around them - out of
poverty. Visit www.plancanada.ca and www.becauseiamagirl.ca for more information.
Image with caption: "Plan Canada Because I am a Girl Youth Ambassadors Jennifer Dong, Crystal Gao, and Nicole Toole celebrate girls' rights in front of the CN Tower lit pink to mark the very first International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2012. Monuments across Canada will again be 'pinkified' on October 11, 2013. Photo courtesy of Plan Canada (CNW Group/Plan Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131010_C8789_PHOTO_EN_31920.jpg
Image with caption: "Canadian Olympic Champion and Plan Canada Celebrated Ambassador Jennifer Heil celebrates the International Day of the Girl with Elmwood School. The group raised their hands in support of a global call to action on girls' rights including access to education. Jennifer recently announced her $1 million dollar fundraising achievement for Plan Canada's Because I am a Girl initiative including girls' health and education projects. (CNW Group/Plan Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131010_C8789_PHOTO_EN_31969.jpg
SOURCE: Plan Canada
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