YOUNG WOMEN ENCOURAGED TO BECOME POWERFUL VOICES OF CHANGE AT SECOND ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL
“Providing opportunities to girls and young women to make their voices heard is key to helping them build confidence and grow into future leaders,” said Selby, who attended today’s event on behalf of Family Services and Labour Minister Jennifer Howard, minister responsible for the status of women. “Girls face unique challenges every day and we want to offer them encouragement, empower them to make decisions and help them make a difference in their own lives and the lives of those around them.”
A total of 20 girls, aged 13 to 17, were selected after being nominated by various community sources, friends and family. They are be treated to an interesting, educational and entertaining day with the opportunity to learn from guest speakers and meet with members of the legislative assembly of Manitoba while focusing on global movements and ways to inspire change.
“It's a time to bring girls together to discuss issues of specific concern like health, education, safe relationships and future economic opportunities,” said Selby. “By standing together, we can all contribute to helping girls realize their full potential.”
Oct. 11 was declared the International Day of the Girl Child by the United Nations last year. Canada led the call to raise awareness about the particular challenges girls facearound the world and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights, said Selby.
For more information on the International Day of the Girl, visit the Manitoba government website at www.gov.mb.ca/msw/.
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