Plan International Canada Global Ambassador joins group of passionate young leaders to discuss barriers girls still face in achieving their dreams.
OTTAWA, Oct. 4, 2017 /CNW/ - Today Plan International Canada Global Ambassador Sophie Grégoire Trudeau joined Plan International Canada President and CEO, Caroline Riseboro, and a diverse group of young women from across Canada for a critical discussion on gender inequality, barriers girls face in pursuit of their dreams, and ways to overcome them.
In the lead up to International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11, Plan International Canada facilitated this conversation to shine a light on the "dream gap" – a combination of barriers such as harmful gender stereotypes, negative perceptions, and discrimination that limits girls from accessing opportunities to fulfill their potential and achieve their dreams.
The roundtable featured activities focused on raising girls' voices to challenge barriers and bridge the dream gap, further empowering them as advocates for gender equality in their communities and around the world.
The event was part of Plan International Canada's #GirlsBelongHere initiative, which supports a diverse group of ambitious, passionate young women from across Canada to step into their dream jobs for a day to illustrate a girl's right to be seen and heard in places where females are traditionally underrepresented.
Roundtable participants included girls who had gone through their #GirlsBelongHere experience or will be stepping into high profile political and business roles in the upcoming week.
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About Plan International Canada and the Because I am a Girl initiative
Founded in 1937, Plan International 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 International strives for a just world that advances children's rights and equality for girls. Because I am a Girl is Plan International's global movement to transform power relations so that girls everywhere can learn, lead, decide and thrive.
SOURCE Plan International Canada
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