International Day of the Girl

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International Day of the Girl is celebrated on October 11. It is a day dedicated to championing girls’ rights around the world

Canadians recognize how important girls are to our future.

That’s because Canadians believe that every girl deserves an equal start in life and the chance to grow to her full potential. That equality starts with clean water, healthy food and a safe place to live. It starts with education, support from the community and freedom from violence.

Together, we can create these conditions for girls across the globe. We can show them that gender equality is, not just possible, but necessary. Our future depends on it.

Girls, claim your place!

Girls are a force felt around the world!

Girls today bring their passion, courage and new ideas to all that they do, creating positive change throughout their communities. They are leading the way as students, entrepreneurs, volunteers and activists, and proving that you are never too young to shape the future and improve the lives of others.

By teaching girls to stand up for themselves and for gender equality, we can make sure that girls today continue to take the world by storm.

#ClaimYourPlace

To celebrate International Day of the Girl 2017, we are inviting Canadians to tell us about the amazing girls in their lives who are making a difference.

If you know a girl who’s leaving her mark on the world, encourage her to share her story on social media using the hashtag #ClaimYourPlace. Or tell us about her by posting a status update, picture or video!

If you are a girl who is taking action for equality, we want to know about it! Tell us what you’re doing on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #ClaimYourPlace and join the conversation today!

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Make Your Mark, #ClaimYourPlace - They said the league was just for boys, but I disagreed
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The photo features a field surrounded by trees, with a soccer net in the centre. A young girl dressed in her soccer uniform is in the foreground, focussed on the ball, which she is preparing to kick towards the net. The silhouette of a woman’s head appears in the right-hand corner, as though it has been painted onto the background with white paint. Within the white space, the words “Make Your Mark” appear in blue, followed by “#ClaimYourPlace” underneath in green text, and “International Day of the Girl” in small purple text beneath it. The caption is included near the bottom of the image and features the following text in purple: “They said the league was just for boys, but I disagreed.” Beneath the text, and running the length of the photo, is a purple bar with the Status of Women Canada departmental identifier in the bottom left-hand corner in white text. The Canada wordmark appears in white text in the right-hand corner.

Make Your Mark, #ClaimYourPlace - Every future Prime Minister was once a first grader
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The photo features a close-up of a young girl, who appears seated and leaning over her schoolwork, a pencil in her hand and a calculator resting beside an open notebook. She has a focussed, determined look on her face. The silhouette of a woman’s head appears in the right-hand corner, as though it has been painted onto the background with white paint. Within the white space, the words “Make Your Mark” appear in blue, followed by “#ClaimYourPlace” underneath in green text, and “International Day of the Girl” in small purple text beneath it. The caption is included near the bottom of the image and features the following text in purple: “Every future Prime Minister was once a first grader.” Beneath the text, and running the length of the photo, is a purple bar with the Status of Women Canada departmental identifier in the bottom left-hand corner in white text. The Canada wordmark appears in white text in the right-hand corner.

Make Your Mark, #ClaimYourPlace - They say math is hard. Prove them wrong
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The photo features a close-up of a young girl working out a math equation on a classroom chalk board. She appears focussed and confident as she writes out the solution. The silhouette of a woman’s head appears in the right-hand corner, as though it has been painted onto the background with white paint. Within the white space, the words “Make Your Mark” appear in blue, followed by “#ClaimYourPlace” underneath in green text, and “International Day of the Girl” in small purple text beneath it. The caption is included near the bottom of the image and features the following text in purple: “They say math is hard. Prove them wrong.” Beneath the text, and running the length of the photo, is a purple bar with the Status of Women Canada departmental identifier in the bottom left-hand corner in white text. The Canada wordmark appears in white text in the right-hand corner.

Make Your Mark, #ClaimYourPlace - Be the next historymaker
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The photo features a close-up of a young girl wearing safety goggles while using a screwdriver or other handheld tool to make an adjustment on a robotics project. She is staring intently and appears absorbed in her work. The silhouette of a woman’s head appears in the right-hand corner, as though it has been painted onto the background with white paint. Within the white space, the words “Make Your Mark” appear in blue, followed by “#ClaimYourPlace” underneath in green text, and “International Day of the Girl” in small purple text beneath it. The caption is included near the bottom of the image and features the following text in purple: “Be the next historymaker.” Beneath the text, and running the length of the photo, is a purple bar with the Status of Women Canada departmental identifier in the bottom left-hand corner in white text. The Canada wordmark appears in white text in the right-hand corner.

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