Truppe, Brescia To make major Announcement

October 1, 2012

London, ON –Susan Truppe, Member of Parliament for London North Centre and Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women, joined by Dr. Colleen Hanycz, Principal of Brescia University College, will be making a major announcement to mark the inaugural International Day of the Girl.

“I am pleased that the Government of Canada – in partnership with Plan Canada, along with girls from across our country and around the world – worked exceptionally hard to make the International Day of the Girl a reality,” said MP Truppe. “This day is of critical importance to girls across London, Canada, and around the world and will truly serve to make a difference in their lives.”

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.

“This day is so important for girls and young women not only in London but around the world. It will give them a chance to learn how they can inspire change in their families, their communities, and in their own countries,” added Dr. Colleen Hanycz.

To mark International Day of the Girl, MP Truppe in conjunction with Brescia University College will host festivities on October 11th with over 300 Grade Seven and Eight female students. Both the Thames Valley School Board and the London District Catholic School Board will take part in this exciting initiative. The students and their teachers in attendance will be engaged in various group and self-reflection activities, in addition to hearing firsthand about the importance of leadership, education, and empowerment from national and community leaders. Jane Roy, Volunteer National Representative, CASS – Canadian Aid for Southern Sudan, will also be speaking and Evanna Lynch, a critically-acclaimed actress from the Harry Potter movie series, is expected to make a brief appearance.

MP Truppe will be making a major announcement that will benefit a London female high school graduate’s post-secondary education aspirations.

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BACKGROUNDER

The Government of Canada and Canadians will celebrate the first International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2012. Girls will be recognized as powerful agents of change and as leaders of today and tomorrow, and girl-specific issues will be highlighted both in Canada and internationally.

Organizations around the world are engaged in this issue. To learn more, see Plan Canada’s page on International Day of the Girl as well as their Because I am a Girl campaign.

Timeline: Establishing International Day of the Girl

February 2011: Minister Ambrose meets with a delegation of girls from Plan International/Plan Canada at the United Nations and is presented with the concept of creating an International Day of the Girl.

March 8, 2011: The Government of Canada announces its intention to support the establishment of an International Day of the Girl.

March 24, 2011: House of Commons gives unanimous support to a motion that Canada should lead an international campaign at the United Nations for anInternational Day of the Girl.

October 11, 2011: Minister Ambrose calls upon member states to support the proclamation of an International Day of the Girl during an address to the United Nations’ Third Committee on Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs.

December 19, 2011: Resolution designating the International Day of the Girlis formally adopted by the UN General Assembly.

October 11, 2012: First International Day of the Girl in Canada and around the world is celebrated.

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For more information please contact Colleen Aguilar, Communications, Marketing & External Relations Officer, at 519.432.8353, ext. 28280 orcolleen.aguilar@uwo.ca.

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