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International Day of The Girl 2013


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Blog by Bettina Reid | October 11th, 2013


International day of the girl 2013

United Nations has declared today October 11, 2013 as the 2nd annual International day of the Girl child. I'm proud that our great country has taken the lead in supporting this day. 

As a woman and mother of 2 young women this resonates in our home as a day to be proud of who we are and who we have always taught our girls to be - Strong, independent women. We are thankful to live in a country where girls have a right to be educated...Unfortunately, this is not the case in many countries around the world. Girls are not allowed the right to an education, which would help them and their families to rise out of poverty. This initiative is to try and make it a priority of nations to educate girls around the world.

The centre of discussions at this years International Day of the Girl is Malala Yousafzai, a 16 year old Pakistani girl that was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago and lived to tell her story in the recent release of her memoir "I am Malala". She is an inspiration to girls around the World. We all need to stand up as did Malala for the rights of girls to be educated and treated fairly. Too often in North America we take for granted the opportunities that we have. Just having the right to go to school is something to be cherished.

To read more about International day of the Girl child and learn how you can support or help with the initiative click on the following link:

http://becauseiamagirl.ca/