Day of the Girl Child


Day of the Girl Child
October 13, 2:00-5:00, Unitarian Church (170 Dundurn St., S)

After a successful campaign led by Plan International Canada, the United Nations in 2012 declared that it would annually observe, and call on the world to observe, the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11. This day is an opportunity for community and political leaders to raise awareness about the different types of discrimination and gender-based violence that many girls around the world suffer from, as well as to showcase the work that people are doing to address inequalities and to empower girls.

The United Nations Association in Canada, Hamilton Branch, thought it timely this year to have our own commemoration of this day on October 13, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (doors open at 1:30), at the Unitarian Church in Hamilton (see poster attached).

We are holding an afternoon program focusing in particular on three issues: Indigenous girls in our community, the sexual exploitation of girls (and the enabling role of social media), and the disproportionate effects of poverty on women and girls. The program consists of expert speakers who will inform us about the particulars of these issues, both globally and locally, followed by workshops that people can choose, to gain further knowledge about the issues, the organizations that are making a difference, and the ways we can each contribute to the wellbeing of girls in our world.

We have extraordinary speakers and workshop leaders to guide us:

Child-rights specialist Judy Finlay (Ryerson University), Indigenous lawyer Beverly Jacobs (University of Windsor), local activist Sarah Jama (HCCI), and Tessa Mcfadzean (Good Shepherd Women’s Services)

Workshops to be lead by: Cricket Wilber (Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton Area), Sharon Gallant (Fit, Active, Beautiful), as well as Tessa Mcfadzean and Sarah Jama.

Our topics relate directly to four of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: No poverty; Gender Equality; Reducing Inequalities; and Peace & Justice.

This event is free and open to the public. Due to the sensitivity of some topics, while all ages and genders are welcome, those of Middle School and above are recommended.

For more information:

Call Anne M Pearson: 905-628-6180; or Gail Rappolt: 905-527-0470, email: [email protected]