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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.

Week Three: kickaction.ca Blogging Carnival In-Review

 This is part three of a three-part series. To read the first post, click here. and the second, here

Week Two: kickaction.ca Blogging Carnival In-Review

This is part two of a three-part series. To read the first post, click here. 

Girls’ Programmer Profile: Lena Palacios

Girls Action talks with Lena Palacios, Project Coordinator of Life After Life about her work in an emerging collective in Montreal.

Faites du bruit : trousse médias 101

Les médias jouent un rôle important dans la construction et la représentation des messages et des valeurs dans notre société. Il est important de comprendre leur fonctionnement et d’apprendre à les utiliser efficacement dans le cadre de notre travail, notamment pour promouvoir nos actions. Voici quelques conseils et astuces pour que vos messages soient transmis par les médias et pour concevoir vos propres outils médiatiques !

Community Leadership in ACTION
: Collaborative Photovoice Project in Fort Hope

In 2012, the Native Youth Sexual Health Network partnered with Girls Action Foundation on the project, Indigenous Young Women: Speaking our Truths, Building our Strengths, focusing on Indigenous young women’s leadership, empowerment, solidarity-building, and ending violence. Community actions were one of the most exciting aspects of the project and some 10 community actions were undertaken across Canada. We are happy to share the outcome of one of those projects in this blog.  

School Places, Safe Spaces

I came to the Girls Multi-Media Club thanks to a collaboration between McGill University and Girls Action Foundation. Dr. Claudia Mitchell, my PhD supervisor, is one of the world’s foremost scholars in the area of Girlhood studies so the partnership with Girls Action is fitting. On October 11, 2012 McGill hosted an international research symposium to coincide with the first International Day of the Girl Child.