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Rehtaeh Parsons tragedy highlights 'everyday violence' against girls

 MONTREAL - The news of Rehtaeh Parsons’s alleged rape and eventual suicide in Nova Scotia has been called tragic, shameful and sickening.

The truth is that Parsons’s story is yet another example of violence against girls, an ongoing crisis we too often ignore.

Sadly, for those of us working in the field of violence prevention, Rehtaeh’s story only reinforces a fact we have known for years: girls experience violence on a daily basis.


Canada should empower girls to be agents of change

As Canadian girls grow up, they’re told time and again that they can be whoever they want to be. The reality is far less ideal.

A national report  released in March on the main issues facing girls in Canada shows that despite having more educational opportunities than ever, many girls still confront violence and low self-esteem — sometimes with grave consequences.


Stimuler l'estime de soi et les qualités de leadership chez les filles

Les filles qui grandissent au Canada se font dire qu'elles peuvent être tout ce dont elles rêvent dans la vie. Or, la réalité est toute autre.


La Journée internationale des filles contribue à planter des racines

En décembre 2011, à peu près à l'époque où j'ai commencé à travailler pour la Fondation filles d'action, les Nations Unies ont déclaré que le 11 octobre serait dorénavant la Journée internationale des filles.


International Day of the Girl helps dig roots

In December 2011, around the time when I first started working for Girls Action Foundation, the United Nations declared October 11 to be the International Day of the Girl Child. Canada was one of the countries that spearheaded the adoption of this day, which is expected to make a difference in the lives of girls around the world. It is a known fact that girls and women throughout the world face many kinds of discrimination, and there are many levels of barriers hampering their development and empowerment.


« Je crois qu’il n’y a rien comme le pouvoir des filles pour changer l’avenir du monde »

Saman Ahsan, la nouvelle directrice générale de la Fondation filles d’action

L’espoir dans les yeux d’une fille est une des choses les plus réjouissantes à contempler. Il illumine non seulement son visage, mais aussi le monde qui l’entoure. Il ne faut pas grand-chose pour allumer ce rayon d’espoir, mais une fois qu’il est là, il peut faire un bon bout de chemin. L’espoir est une substance puissante qui a le potentiel de changer des vies et de transformer des générations. Il peut être le moindre des investissements, mais il porte le potentiel des plus grands bénéfices. Voilà pourquoi je suis à la Fondation Filles d’action : parce que je crois qu’il n’y a rien comme le pouvoir des filles pour changer l’avenir du monde.


“I believe in the power of girls to change the future of the world like no other force”

Saman Ahsan, new Executive Director of Girls Action Foundation

One of the most delightful sights to behold is hope in the eyes of a young girl. Not only does it light up her face, it brightens the world around her. It takes so little to ignite that ray of hope, but once there it goes a long way. It is a powerful substance and has the potential to change lives and transform generations. It is the smallest investment with the possibility of the highest returns. This is why I am at Girls Action Foundation – because I believe in the power of girls to change the future of the world like no other force.