Brescia hosts second International Day of the girl with London school boards

October 7, 2013
News Release

London, ON – Brescia University College will be the site of local festivities marking the second International Day of the Girl celebrated this year on October 10th. In partnership with the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board, who both have professional development days on October 11th, the event will be marked one day earlier than the official International Day of the Girl.

Over 300 Grades Seven and Eight female students, along with various educational female leaders in the community, have been invited to take part in the exciting day-long event. The event at Brescia is one of a series of events being hosted across the country – a national initiative spear-headed by Plan Canada. Brescia’s Principal, Dr. Colleen Hanycz, is pleased that Brescia will play such a large role in the event, noting, “We are honoured to be hosting this celebration for the second time. It gives us a chance to focus not only on supporting girls and young women in our local community but it’s also a day to reflect and celebrate women and girls around the world. With a focus on “possibilities”, the students will have a chance to listen, learn, and talk to one another about how they can be empowered in their own lives.

The event will also include keynote speaker Lindsay Gladding, World Vision’s Senior Program Manager for Emergency and Humanitarian Affairs. Lindsay, who graduated from Brescia in 2003, is thrilled to be back on campus 10 years later for an event that she is connected to professionally and personally. She explains, “International Day of the Girl is an opportunity to recognize girls’ rights and bring awareness to the many challenges and human rights abuses that girls face around the world every day. Through my work in places like Afghanistan and Pakistan, I’ve seen how critical it is to educate girls, yet millions are denied access; sometimes as a result of household responsibilities, marriage at a young age, financial burden, and poor quality of education.” Lindsay goes onto say, “The girls attending this event at Brescia represent the future and can have a great impact on the accessibility of education for girls around the world.”

The United Nations declared October 11th, 2012 as the world’s first International Day of the Girl. Status of Women Canada has led the international community in adopting this day, along with Plan Canada.

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