OTTAWA, Oct. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Today the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch,
Minister of Status of Women, issued the following statement on the
occasion of International Day of the Girl:
"On this special day, let us celebrate girls and young women as powerful
voices of inspiration within their families and communities.
Throughout our history, generations of Canadian girls have been leaders
and role models whose accomplishments have positively impacted society.
Whether Olympic hockey players, scientists or entrepreneurs, these
girls and young women have excelled in everything that they do.
This unique day falls within Women's History Month in Canada, affording
us the opportunity to honour the tremendous contributions of the young
women and girls who helped build and shape our great nation.
This day is also fitting as we honour Malala Yousafzai for being
nominated for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize at such a young age. In
the past year, the world took notice of the incredible power a girl
like Malala can have on her country and on the rights of girls around
the world. Against incredible odds she has shown courage and
determination in the face of constant threats of violence. She has
raised awareness about girls' education and will continue to pave the
way and inspire girls around the globe.
We know that many young girls around the world face daily hardships such
as violence, hunger and disease. Let this day remind us to do whatever
we can to help them receive the nutrition, healthcare and education
they need for safe, healthy, and happy lives.
On this, the second International Day of the Girl, I encourage Canadians
to support and celebrate girls and young women in communities across
Canada for their contributions to our country's past, present and
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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For media inquiries only:
Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C.,
O. Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women