How to help girls in your community make change

by | Jan 1, 2024 | Home and Living

The World Economic Forum estimates it will take 131 years to achieve gender equality. That means at our current rate of progress, it will take five generations before we can close the gender gap in health, education and political and economic participation. Supporting girls to innovate, advocate and take action can give the next generation more opportunities to succeed, sooner.

Here are actions Canadians can take to help make gender inequality a thing of the past.

Embrace ideas: Support initiatives in your community created by girls. That might be a small business, a fundraising event or voices advocating for change in your neighbourhood. Listen to their ideas and provide support for their projects.

Support girl power: The next time you are looking to buy a gift for someone you care about, consider giving girl power through a respectable cause. Plan International Canada has a $50 “Girl Power” gift that provides nourishment, education and protection for girls around the world. It helps create safe schools and helps ensure that girls are not forced into early marriages.

Offer mentorship: Act as a mentor to girls in your community through coaching programs, workshops or simply being a role model to demonstrate the impact their leadership and action can have on the future and show them they are supported.

For more information on how you can support girls in making change, visit plangifts.ca

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