International Day of the Girl – Girls Speak Up!

Written by Ashley Oakes

Resolution 66/170…A set of words and numbers that seem cold and business like but mean the United Nations and the global humanitarian sector recognized that progress was not being made fast enough.

Resolution 66/170 was adopted on December 19, 2011 by the United Nations General Assembly and declared that henceforth, October 11th would be International Day of the Girl Child. The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

There are 1.1 billion girls in the world; 14% of the global population. A powerful voice for change and for shaping a world that is better for everyone. However, due to rampant global discrimination, violence, and lack of opportunities, their dreams are often thwarted.

An investment in realising the power of girls upholds their rights today and promises a more equitable and prosperous future, one in which half of humanity is an equal partner in solving the problems of climate change, political conflict, economic growth, disease prevention, and global sustainability.

In the words of Beyonce….”Who runs the world? Girls!”

In celebration of International Day of the Girl, Howe Sound Women’s Centre Society is honoured to present “Girls Speak Up”. On Friday, October 13, three exceptional women will share stories that celebrate the power, creative voices, and unique place of girls in this world. Their stories challenge us to step up, speak out, and make a change.

Girls Speak Up will be held at Rainbow Theatre in the Whistler Conference Centre. Tickets are $10 and available online:

This year’s speakers include: Canadian Astronaut Candidate, pro-mountain biker, and 2017 Google Impact Challenge winner, Anita Naidu; cyberbullying survivor and Founder of HOPE, Vivian Tsang; and teen transgender activist and one of Vancouver’s 50 Most Influential People, Tru Wilson. This is going to be a night of stories that will challenge perspectives, expose hidden biases, and inspire you to speak up for positive change.

This event raises money for the Howe Sound Women’s Centre and One Horizon. Don’t miss out on the chance to bid on items from Lululemon, Glass Elevator, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Blackcomb, and many more local partners.

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