Canada and International Day of the Girl

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Canada led the call for an International Day of the Girl at the United Nations to raise awareness about the particular challenges that girls face and to take action. The House of Commons unanimously supported a motion to have Canada lead this international campaign, and the Government of Canada partnered with Plan Canada to achieve that goal.

The Government of Canada and Canadians celebrated the first International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2012. A tradition has begun where girls are recognized as powerful agents of change and as leaders of today and tomorrow, and girl-specific issues are highlighted both in Canada and internationally on this special day.

Organizations around the world are engaged in this issue. To learn more about girls' rights, consult Plan Canada's page on International Day of the Girl as well as their Because I am a Girl campaign. For more information on the Government of Canada's commitment to maternal, child and newborn health, visit Global Affairs Canada's website.

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