CALGARY, Oct. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women,
today congratulated the Business and Professional Women's (BPW) Club of
Calgary for launching, on the inaugural International Day of the Girl, a campaign to raise awareness of the challenges facing girls in Canada.
"I share with BPW a tremendous sense of enthusiasm for this first-ever International Day of the Girl," said Minister Ambrose. "Thanks to Canada's leadership, the momentum
has grown, and will continue to surge ahead, to support the worldwide
commitment to recognize girls as valued citizens, and as powerful
agents of change."
The International Day of the Girl aims to promote equal treatment and opportunities for girls around the
world in areas such as law, nutrition, health care, education,
training, and freedom from violence and abuse. Throughout the world,
girls face higher rates of violence, poverty and discrimination. The International Day of the Girl focuses on finding ways to empower girls to reach their full potential
and to overcome gender-based barriers.
On December 19, 2011, the UN General Assembly formally adopted the
resolution designating the International Day of the Girl.
October is Women's History Month in Canada. In honour of the first-ever
International Day of the Girl, the theme for Women's History Month is
"Strong Girls, Strong Canada: Leaders from the Start." For information
on International Day of the Girl and Women's History Month 2012, go to women.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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