Brescia hosts third International Day of the Girl in partnership with two London school boards

News Release

October 8, 2014


London, ON – Brescia University College will be the site of the third annual International Day of the Girl celebration this year on October 10th. In partnership with the Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board, the event will be marked one day earlier than the official International Day of the Girl as October 11th falls on a Saturday.

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 third straight year at Brescia. This is a day that focuses on supporting girls and young women in our local community but it’s also a day to recognize the challenges and opportunities for girls and young women around the world. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘The Ripple Effect’ and we are confident that our visitors will come away from this empowered, with gifts to be shared in their families, schools, and communities.”

The event will also include keynote speaker Tahirih Naylor, who graduated from Brescia in 2000, and then obtained her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. After practising family law, she went on to represent the Baha’i International Community with the United Nations in New York City working on issues including children’s rights, educational equality, poverty, and environmental justice. Today she is certified as a Positive Discipline educator and has worked with parents, teachers, and other educators throughout the United States and Canada. Tahirih is a Director of Hatts Off Specialized Services, which offers residential treatment programs for children and youth who have experienced abuse and neglect and for adults with acquired brain injury. She explains, “International Day of the Girl gives us a powerful tool to highlight the needs and rights of girls, and to advocate for the inclusion of their perspectives.” Tahirih goes on to say of her time at the United Nations, “At the UN we worked to ensure that the delegations we brought, of people from around the world, included youth and more specifically girls. We wanted the leaders of the world to hear firsthand what girls need to achieve their full potential.  Events like this provide an opportunity for girls to connect, reflect together, and make plans. These girls are the future and when properly supported and heard, they will change our communities and our world for the better.”

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.

For more information please contact Colleen Aguilar, Communications, Marketing & External Relations Officer at 519.432.8353, ext. 28280 or at You may also contact Sheila Blagrave, Director Communications, Marketing & External Relations at 519-432-8353, ext. 28293 or at Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,275 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more current and archived news, a listing of faculty experts, and photos please visit our Online Media Room at