As the evidence in this issue brief clearly indicates, many advances have been made to improve the status of girls in Canada, yet significant real-life challenges remain especially for girls who are marginalized. In addition to those related to gender stereotypes, self-esteem, violence, mental and physical health, education and career prospects, many girls are affected each day by systemic barriers related to poverty, rural or remote location, racialization, immigration status and the colonization of Indigenous communities. At the same time, girls find ways to respond to and overcome these challenges, often through pro-active endeavours that benefit their communities as well as improve their own situations.
The brief is divided into three parts. Part A: Main Issues Facing Girls in Canada; Part B: Girls Who Face Multiple Barriers; Part C: What Do Girls Need to Succeed?
Prepared with the support of Status of Women Canada. March 8, 2013