Because I am a Girl, I Can Squash Inequality: World Ranked Female Squash Player Takes on Challengers to Raise Awareness of Global Gender Discrimination



    Plan Canada's Because I am a Girl campaign fights for equal rights for
    girls across the developing world

    TORONTO, March 12 /CNW/ - One of the world's top ranked female squash
players, Natalie Grainger, is teaming up with Canada's own female squash
contenders in a high-energy exhibition event to raise awareness of gender
discrimination around the world. On Wednesday, March 12, Natalie along with
Canada's top female under 17, Laura Gemmell, 12 junior players from the
prestigious Oakville Club, and Adelaide Squash Professional Adrian Griffin,
2008 Canadian Doubles Champion will take to the courts for a fast action
challenge against aspiring squash enthusiasts at The Adelaide Club in Toronto.
    The highlight of the evening will be a centre court match up between
Natalie and Adrian. Challengers can sign up for the chance to test their
talent against the players, and will donate their entry fee to Plan Canada's
Because I am a Girl campaign, a project that will follow the lives of 140
girls in nine developing countries until 2015. The project is the first of its
kind, and will compile urgently needed data on gender discrimination in the
developing world, a key component in the UN's Millennium Development Goals to
meet the needs of the world's poorest populations. Proceeds from this event
will be used for a girls' education program in Burkina Faso, Africa.

    
    WHO:   Squash player Natalie Grainger-U.S. Open Women's Champion, World
           Open Finalist
           Laura Gemmell-No.1 ranked female under 17 in Canada and the US
           Adrian Griffin- Adelaide Squash Professional, 2008 Canadian Men's
           Doubles Champion
           The Oakville Club junior squash team

    WHAT:  Plan Canada's Because I am a Girl Campaign

    WHERE: The Adelaide Club
           First Canadian Place
           Entrance on Adelaide

    WHEN:  Wednesday, March 12, 2008
           6 - 8pm
    

    About Because I am a Girl
    -------------------------
    Plan Canada launched Because I am a Girl in 2007, and will continue the
nine-year drive to tackle discrimination against girls. The campaign will end
in 2015, the year of the UN's final review of the Millennium Development Goals
and the tenth anniversary of Beijing International Women's Conference.

    
    The first report outlined the huge challenges confronting girls in the
developing world, including:

    -   Half of all sexual assaults are committed against girls aged 15 and
        younger
    -   Seventy per cent of the 1.5 billion people living on less than a
        dollar a day are female
    -   More than 70,000 teenage girls are married every day
    -   Two-thirds of 15- to 19-year-olds newly infected with HIV in sub-
        Saharan Africa are female
    -   Birth complications and unsafe abortions are the leading cause of
        death for young women aged 15 - 19
    -   One in 10 births are to a mother who is herself a child
    

    About Plan Canada
    -----------------
    Plan Canada is part of Plan, an international, humanitarian,
child-centered development organization with no religious or political
affiliations. Child sponsorship is the basic foundation of the organization.
Plan works with 1.3 million children in 49 developing countries. Gender
equality is a principle guideline for all Plan programming. Canadians can
support the call to action for gender equality at plancanada.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: For Plan: Tiffany Bourré, The
Idea Workshop, (416) 504-3977 ext. 28, Cell: (416) 540-8433,
tiffany@theideaworkshop.com; For Adelaide Club: Danielle Iversen, that PR
thing, (416) 923-6566, d@thatPRthing.com

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