Today, on the first International Day of the Girl YWCA Canada joins others in solidarity to promote and advance the equality of girls and young women locally, nationally and globally. It is the day set aside to recognize that the future peace, justice and prosperity of the world depends on the equality of girls and young women today no matter where they are in the world. It is the day declared by the United Nationsto recognize the particular plights girls face due to their experiences of higher rates of violence, exploitation and poverty.
There is no greater example today that brings attention to the need for this day than the attempted murder of Malala Yousafzai, the courageous 14 year old, who, despite threats to her young life, stood for the right to education; not just for herself but for all girls in her country. Such courage is truly rare and today as she struggles for her life, women in Pakistan are discovering their own bravery to also stand where she stood in solidarity for girls' rights.
YWCA Canada stands with all Canadians for the human rights of girls and young women here at home and around the globe.
Paulette Senior, CEO, YWCA Canada