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Harper Government celebrates the potential of young women and girls on International Women’s Day

 

Girls and young women invited to participate in Strong Girls, Strong World video contest

High River, AB – (Tuesday), on behalf of the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, John Barlow, MP for Macleod highlighted creation of a new Girls Advisory Council to engage girls across Canada on their priorities and perspectives. MP Barlow also announced the Strong Girls, Strong Women video contest that will provide an opportunity for girls and young women to apply become new Council members. Creation of the Girls Advisory Council and the related video contest are part of the Government of Canada’s activities celebrating International Women’s Day.

Girls Advisory Council

The Girls Advisory Council will engage girls 15-24 years of age on their priorities and areas of interest. The goal of the Council is to inform the ongoing work of the Government of Canada in areas such as: how to empower girls to be leaders; mentoring and championing for girls; preventing violence against young women and girls, including the harmful effects of social media (e.g. cyberviolence); and, how to use social media tools in positive ways (e.g. to promote role models and gender equality).

Council Membership

The initial members of the Girls Advisory Council are:

  • Helen Zhou attends Central Technical School, is President of Student Council, an active member of the Mock Trial Club, and has worked on the school yearbook and magazine for four years.
  • Rory Flynn attends Sacred Heart School of Halifax, and is a member of her school’s debate team as well as the national debate team.
  • Anjali Katta is a high school student and founder of GirlsCo and Bombay pads, which are organizations that seek to better the lives of girls in India and Canada.
  • Madilyne Kevany has for the past ten years personified the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg’s core programming values of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Caring.

Strong Girls, Strong World Video Contest

Strong Girls video contestAdditional Advisory Council members will be selected by the Minister with the help of the current Council members. New members will be selected from among girls making submissions to the Strong Girls, Strong World video contest. MP John Barlow is joining Minister Leitch in inviting girls and young women to submit videos of their own thoughts about why it’s important to celebrate the International Day of the Girl, and why they would like to join the Girls Advisory Council.

Guidelines for the Strong Girls, Strong World video contest can be found at www.dayofthegirl.gc.ca

Quick Facts

  • Strong Girls, Strong World video contest: videos need to be submitted by April 15, 2015.
  • The Government of Canada is committed to giving girls a strong foundation for success by empowering girls to be leaders and reach their full potential, including through mentoring and championing, and by working to prevent violence against young women and girls.
  • Since 2007, the Government of Canada has provided more than $153 million through the Women’s Program at Status of Women Canada for community-based projects. Of this amount $18 million for projects that address the needs of young women and girls.
  • The 2015 International Women’s Day theme is Strong Women, Strong World: Improving Economic Opportunities for All. This theme points to the vital contributions that women make to both the domestic and global economies. It also highlights the need to ensure that every woman has the opportunity to help create prosperity, whether as an employee, a professional, a business leader or an entrepreneur.

Quotes

“I am proud to launch a new Girls Advisory Council so that we can engage young women and girls on their priorities and perspectives. The Girls Advisory Council underscores our Government’s focus on meeting the needs of women, young women, and girls from coast to coast to coast.”

~ The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P., Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women

“I am pleased to launch the Strong Girls, Strong World video contest in Macleod so that young women and girls in our community can apply to be considered as members of the new Girls Advisory Council. This initiative highlights what we know is true – when girls have a strong start in life they can achieve their full potential.”

~ John Barlow, Member of Parliament for Macleod

Source Status of Women Canada and John Barlow MP

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