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Montreal – February 13, 2014 – Starting February 14th, for the tenth consecutive year, Girls Action Foundation is inviting members of its national network, including community organisations belonging to diverse communities from across Canada, to change the script on Valentine’s Day with a call to action!

“Despite the on-going gender gap in politics, government and business, on Valentine’s Day, young women across Canada are showing what it means to be a leader – if not in public office or the board room, in their communities,” says Saman Ahsan, Executive Director of Girls Action Foundation.

This year, we are celebrating the 10th edition of the National Day of Action. Over the past decade, 240 actions have been implemented in 44 communities across Canada, reaching around 10,000 girls and community members.

“The National Day of Action is a great time to encourage solidarity among girls and young women across Canada, as well as encourage them to speak, to externalize. In addition, the Day of Action serves to raise awareness on girls and women’s issues,“ expressed Catherine Plouffe-Jetté, an organizer at the YWCA Girls Club in Quebec City.

Catherine is one of more than twenty grassroots leaders who will work with local girls to implement the Day of Action this year. Actions will take place in more than twenty communities, including Charlottetown (PEI), Inuvik (NWT), and Maniwaki(QC).

Each local action is unique, including events that engage girls and young women to:

  • raise awareness about violence, self-esteem and body image
  • celebrate intergenerational mentorship and role-models
  • voice the experiences of racialized girls and young women.

“Each of these local actions speaks for itself, but put together, they weave a collective story about the concerns of girls and young women in Canada – and their incredible potential as change-makers,” adds Ahsan.

See a detailed list of this year’s community actions.


For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact:

Myriam Zaidi, Communications Coordinator



Girls Action Foundation is a national charitable organization. We lead and seed girls’ programs across Canada. We build girls’ and young women’s skills and confidence and inspire action to change the world.

Through our innovative programs, research, and support to a network of over 300 partnering organizations and projects, Girls Action reaches over 60,000 girls and young women. We reach remote, marginalized and urban communities, including those in the North.