Read the November 2012 Girls Action Foundation e-Newsletter.
"We are here to light a spark – prompt the young girl’s smile of self-confidence, burst of creativity, buzz of critical thinking, desire to do something, and the ability to take action – all early signs that tell us an even brighter future is on its way.”

Saman Ahsan, Executive Director Girls Action Foundation
Read her blog for International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl

October 11, 2012 marked the first International Day of the Girl Child. Girls Action celebrated this day by participating in the international symposium Girlhood Studies and the Politics of Place: New Paradigms of Research held at McGill University in Montreal. 

At this special event, a group of 10-12 year-old girls from the Riverview Multi-Media Club presented their participatory photo exhibit entitled HearSay, HereSay, HerSay. An outcome of a workshop series facilitated by Girls Action - the project was an opportunity for the girls to explore safe spaces at school. 

At the symposium, Girls Action also facilitated a vibrant meeting with policymakers, researchers and non-profit organizations to discuss how to better collaborate on advancing girls’ empowerment!

Read the blog from Girls Club Co-Facilitator Cora-Lee Conway.
See the photos from the presentation at McGill.
Why girls? What are the issues facing girls and young women today? How are we supporting girls and young women to overcome barriers and reach their full potential? How can we support and inspire others to take action on these issues?

Girls Action is addressing these questions in our new infographics! Learn more on Sexual HealthViolence PreventionGirls & the Media and Redefining Leadership.

Girls Action presents at House of Commons

Girls Action was invited to present as a witness at the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women. The federal government placed a spotlight on girls’ issues with the goal of improving the economic prospects of girls in Canada. Girls Action was called to suggest recommendations that would improve the situation for girls and women in Canada. Read the Standing Committee's promising report and recommendations.

Fall Events

From November 14-18, 34 young women from across Canada gathered in Eastern Quebec for the ELLE national leadership training. Through skill building, peer learning and reflection; young women developed personal and community leadership skills to foster social innovation.
An Amplify Reunion took place in parallel with ELLE. Past participants of this national program met to deepen their skills and knowledge on designing and facilitating girl-specific programs. They also met to discuss and address the challenges of working for girls’ empowerment in Canada.

Keynote speaker Pamela Jeffery with Girls Action board member Natasha Burford & Enoruwa Osagie of Aspiring Leaders.

Light a Spark Evening in Toronto

On October 4, 125 women took part in a networking event in celebration of the first International Day
of the Girl. 
Check out
the event photos.
We found ourselves in a room, and what came out were these stories about the “justice” in social justice work.  Read more.

A Safe Space for Malala

Malala's shooting has become a symbol of the systemic inequalities for girls around the world. Read the complete blog post.

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