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A safe space for Malala

 "I felt like they had tried to kill me, I felt like they had tried to kill every girl in the world, that they had tried to kill hope," says Saman Ahsan when she heard the news about Malala Yousufzai, a school girl shot by the Taliban in Pakistan last week.

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.

First International Day of the Girl Activities/Activités pour la Première journée internationale des filles

YOU can take part and participate in the First International Day of the Girl no matter where you are in Canada. Many activities and events will be taking place across the country, around the world and online to raise awareness about girls’ issues locally and globally as well as to celebrate the work that is being done today.

Don’t be afraid to talk back!

A little about myself and a message to the youth we work with
Nathalie Lozano Neira

I write this reflection not only as a youth worker, but also as a youth who at one point accessed many youth programs when searching for a place to belong and for a little support. Although I did find spaces that were supportive, they were often welcoming because of my peers and because I found youth workers who shared a similar identity/experience to mine. It was easier for me to seek support in environments where I did not have to explain why I was angry, depressed or sad. It was easier to share my story with those who had faced similar struggles and journeys; however, as I gained strength through support, I also became more vulnerable to being tokenized and exploited.

A Career Day (for girls)

This past school year I have had the pleasure of co-facilitating a program for female high school students called Girls’ Club. In brief, I go to a high school once a week and facilitate a lunchtime program for young girls (aged 12-17) centered on arts-based approaches to addressing violence prevention and the promotion of healthy self-esteem.

YWCA Montreal encourages youth to turn their street stories into success stories

The seed of the research-action project Tools for Effective Change was planted in 2008, when Lilia Goldfarb, the director of the Leadership Department at the YWCA Montreal, gave a training session on sexualization to professionals working with youth. She was struck by a comment made by one of the participants. A police officer recounted that gangs had started recruiting girls for the purpose of sexual exploitation right on the playgrounds of Montreal elementary schools.

L’importance de travailler à la prévention de l’exploitation sexuelle des jeunes filles dans Bordeaux-Cartierville

Bien qu’elle possède différents visages, l’importance de travailler à la prévention de l’exploitation sexuelle des jeunes filles réside surtout dans l’idée de renseigner les jeunes quant à l’existence du phénomène des gangs de rue établis dans le quartier Bordeaux-Cartierville. En effet, l’exploitation sexuelle dans un contexte de gangs reste la situation à laquelle les jeunes filles risquent davantage de faire face.

Create Some Buzz: Media Kit 101

The media plays a big role in shaping and reflecting social messages and values. Learning how the media is constructed and how you can use the media is an important part of organizing and community action. Here are some tips and tricks on getting your message to the media and on how to make your own media!