An International Women's Day Moment of Reflection

Canadian Women Speak Out About the Power of Education

TORONTO, March 8, 2013 /CNW/ - As the world marks this 102nd International Women's Day, Plan Canada shares some collective reflection from Canadian women about how having an education shaped who they are as people today and about the meaning and importance of an education in every girl's life.

An education is key to transforming lives and supporting a generation of empowered women, mothers, workers and leaders, and yet, according to Plan's research, 66 million girls do not attend primary and secondary school in the poorest countries of the world. More specifically, in developing countries, girls are often forced to leave school at the age of 14 to take on household chores, to get married, or simply because their parents cannot afford to pay for their school fees.

Plan Canada asked Canadian women: If you were forced to drop out of school at age 14, what would YOU have missed out on?

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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 and for more information.

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Abigail Brown, Media and Public Relations Manager, Plan Canada
T: 416 920 1654 ext 277  |  C: 647 971 3764  |

Angie Torres, Media and Public Relations Specialist, Plan Canada
T: 416 920 1654 ext 244  |

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