Oct. 11 is International Day of the Girl
Some say there’s still work to be done to help girls feel equal
Thursday is a day to celebrate girls: International Day of the Girl.
The day was founded by the United Nations in 2012 to highlight girls’ challenges and promote their rights.
That can mean different things to different girls, depending on where they live in the world.
Some girls are not able to go to school.
Some girls don’t get to choose their career.
In Canada, girls and boys are given equal opportunities, in theory.
But in practice, not all girls feel they are equal.
That’s the result of a survey that anorganization, Plan International Canada, paid to have conducted.
Here are some of the highlights of what more than 1,000 Canadian girls from across the country, aged 14 to 24, had to say:
CBC Kids News contributor Saara Chaudry spoke with 17-year-old youth ambassador Laine McCrory from Toronto, Ont. about her experiences of gender discrimination. Click the video above to see her interview.