SURREY: Local members of Global Girl Power, a global movement committed to empowering, educating and protecting women and girls around the world, celebrated International Day of the Girl on October 11 at the Surrey Center Library.
October 11 is observed as the International Day of The Girl to recognize girl’s rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. The day also marks the first anniversary of the organization.
Various organizations, members of the public, MP Mark Warawa, MLA Marvin Hunt Surrey-Panorama, MLA Bruce Ralston Surrey-Whalley and Carol Todd mother ofAmanda Todd also joined the celebrations.
A seminar on Innovating for Girls education was also held as part of the celebrations.
The event highlighted importance of girls’ education in tackling the issues girls and women face across the globe.
As per statistics, 57 million kids wake up every morning and don’t go to school. There are 775 million illiterate people in the world and two third of which are women.
Global Girl Power’s mission is that every child deserves the right to education and no girl should be forced into chid marriage or to take care of the family. Education is the most effective way to change the world.
On the occasion, a screening of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide was presented. It was followed by a discussion on various issues faced by women, including maternal mortality, sex trafficking, forced prostitution, gender-related violence, bullying and importance of education and economic empowerment.
The day marked the year-long achievements of Global Girl Power.