Today is International Day of the Girl. Every October 11th, people around the world focus on addressing the challenges that girls face and helping young women feel empowered.
We’re lucky here in Canada to have opportunities that many girls around the world don’t. We have access to education and great health care. We aren’t forced into child marriage. We’re encouraged to stay in school. We have resources and people to talk to about puberty and reproductive health. As girls in Canada, we have a lot to be grateful for. On this International Day of the Girl, let’s think about the girls around the world who aren’t as lucky as we are.
But even as girls in Canada, we face some challenges. Women are still underrepresented in politics and other high ranking positions and often get paid less than men for doing the same job. As girls, we know how much we have to offer. Let’s follow our dreams and continue to get rid of any ideas of what girls can and can’t do. Let’s keep supporting our friends and encouraging them to say “I can”.
Being a girl can mean so many different things, and that is something to celebrate. Being a girl can mean playing sports, experimenting in the kitchen, coding websites, reading, playing guitar, and everything in between. Whether we want to grow up to be doctors, writers, stay-at-home moms, firefighters, politicians, astronauts or something completely different, our choices should be encouraged and celebrated. Being a girl means being empowered to live the lives we want to live.
Want to get involved? Get more information on the United Nations Website. Check out the hashtag #dayofthegirl on Twitter to read some inspiring stories about girls and women, and add to the conversation, if you want to. The Women’s Centre is even hosting a party tonight right here in Calgary, so gather your friends to eat some pizza and cake, make zines and listen to music!
To all of our fellow girls, we think you’re unique, brilliant and awesome, today and every day. Girl power!