GLOBAL Girl Power hosted a seminar and celebration on occasion of International Day of the Girl on October 11 at the Surrey Center Library. United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of The Girl to recognize the rights of girls and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year’s day focused on Innovating for Girls Education. October 11 also marked the one year anniversary of the organization.
Various organizations, members of the public, MP Mark Warawa, MLA Marvin Hunt (Surrey-Panorama), MLA Bruce Ralston (Surrey-Whalley) and Carol Todd, mother of Amanda Todd, also joined the celebrations.
The event highlighted the importance of education whether that is basic education at the childhood stage or at a later stage to tackle the issues girls and women face across the globe. As many as 57 million kids wake up every morning and don’t go to school and there are 775 million illiterate people in the world, two-third of who are women.
Every child deserves the right to education and no girl should be forced into child marriage or to take care of the family. Education is the most effective way to change the world.
A salon screening of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide was presented and it was followed by a discussion on various issues women face worldwide. The issues discussed were maternal mortality, sex trafficking, forced prostitution, gender-based violence, bullying and importance of education and economic empowerment. Each person present at the event discussed the issues in small groups and made some sort of commitment on how they will become agents of change.
The event was a great success and the movie was an eye-opener. Powerful discussions where everyone attended took away great knowledge with them. The day marked the yearlong achievements of all the hard work Global Girl Power has done.
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