Last week the Minister of Status of Women was pleased to announce the Government of Canada’s investment to Equal Voice for the next cohort of the Daughters of the Vote. This project offers a unique opportunity for young women who want to enter our political arenas and make a difference. When more women participate in politics and civic life, it helps to create what will essentially be a fairer democracy – one where all Canadians – regardless of gender – have an equal and fair chance at success.
October 11 is International Day of the Girl, a UN international observance dedicated to championing girls’ rights around the world. In Canada, this day is an important part of Women’s History Month celebrations.
Throughout the world, girls face higher rates of violence, poverty, and discrimination. In Canada, girls have higher rates of depression, sexual harassment and dating violence.
There is a growing recognition that support for girls and their basic human rights is key to fostering healthy communities. That’s why International Day of the Girl promotes equal treatment and opportunities for girls in areas such as law, nutrition, freedom from violence and abuse, health care, education and training.
Girls’ economic empowerment is an important part of equality for girls – through improved access to education, increased political participation and leadership, and better support and training for girls in STEM, Canada and countries around the world can help create the conditions for girls to thrive in every aspect of their lives.
We wanted to inform you that the application process for the 2019 cohort is now open and applicants have until November 22, 2018 to apply. Applicants can do so online at http://www.daughtersofthevote.ca/.