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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.

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.