FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswick will join the United Nations in marking the first International Day of the Girl, Thursday, Oct. 11.

“I encourage New Brunswick girls to plan an activity for Oct. 11 to mark this special day,” said Justice Minister and Attorney General Marie-Claude Blais, who is also minister responsible for the Status of Women. “I hope that girls will take advantage of this opportunity to have their voices heard and learn about other girls from around the world. All New Brunswickers should make an effort to support these girls in preparation for this special day.”

A resource guide with support materials and suggested activities has been developed to assist girls, their parents and anyone working with girls, in planning an activity. All resources are available on the Women's Issues Branch website. Suggestions for activities include: fitness events to celebrate girls' health and wellness, media literacy events to help recognize sexist stereotyping in the media, and fun events dedicated to celebrating girls.
 
Canada has been a leader in promoting the International Day of the Girl at the United Nations. The day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the specific challenges that girls face and to take action. It is understood that empowerment and investment in girls are critical for economic growth, for the eradication of poverty, and to break the cycle of discrimination and violence.
 
This issue has engaged organizations from across the world showing that there is a growing recognition that support for girls and their basic human rights is key for healthy communities.

“New Brunswick girls should be proud to live in a place where women are an integral part of our social, political and economic successes,” said Blais. “But despite our progress, much remains to be done to eliminate issues like sexism, stereotypes and violence. I hope that New Brunswick girls can garner the support they need in the coming month to show women around the world how hard we are working to make a better life for everyone.”

Girls are encouraged to submit event details to the Women's Issues Branch by contacting WIB-DOF@gnb.ca. Events will be posted on the website in an effort to inspire girls to host their own events and encourage the community to get involved.

LINKS:

●    Resource guide
●    Women’s Issues Branch
●    Status of Women Canada
●    International Day of the Girl