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Girls Action Foundation hosts its 8th National Day of Action

What young women really want...

For immediate release

Montreal, Quebec - February 8, 2012 - For the 8th consecutive year, Girls Action Foundation is flipping the script on chocolate and roses. Instead we are shining light on girls and young women who are making an impact in their communities.

Some 40 grassroots actions will be taking place across the country on February 14, 2012. From Hornby Denman Island (BC) to Rankin Inlet (NU) to Charlottetown (PEI), national network members are collaborating with girls and young women to raise awareness, organize activities, share resources, exchange stories, and propose ideas about issues that matter to them.

The grassroots actions speak to what young women really want:

  • To have healthy relationships
  • To have ethical fashion choices
  • To generate, send and receive positive messages
  • To feel safe in their neighbourhoods
  • To address sexual exploitation and marginalization
  • To address intergenerational issues, especially in second-generation cultural communities
  • To create connections with other women regardless of how isolated their geographic location

Girls Action has asked organizers of the community actions to share their stories using multimedia and tell girls and young women across Canada why they are taking action and what impact they are trying to make in their communities. These stories and others will be part of the Collective Love Letter being sent on February 14th through social media.

The purpose of the National Day of Action is to raise awareness about the challenges faced by girls and young women in Canada, and empower girls and young women to create change in their lives, their communities, and in the wider society.

Examples of actions happening across the country:

Philippine Women Centre, Vancouver (BC):  A newly created Young Filipina Feminists Collective will hold its' first event Young Filipina Feminists: Storytelling as Empowerment as a way to share their histories and realities as first and second-generation women in Canada.

Women's Network PEI, Charlottetown (PEI): The Women's Network will hold a one day conference featuring an interactive media literacy presentation, ad-busting, zine-making and other esteem and confidence building activities. The goal is to increase girls' capacity to think critically about the messages they receive concerning girls and women.

Independent, Rankin Inlet (NU): An Inuit cultural program is being created as a space for youth to learn, practice and integrate the Inuk language, throat singing and drum dancing as a regular part of their lives. This is an independent action.

South Asian Women's Community Centre, Montréal (QC): South Asian Youth (SAY) will hold a series of intergenerational mentorship and story sharing workshops called "Loving our Future in order to encourage young South Asian women to explore diverse career paths and life choices.

Girls' Club, Montréal (QC): Girls aged 10 to 12 are creating and sending out personalized postcards to raise awareness about responsible consumption and ethical fashion.  This is part of the Girls' Club program by Girls Action Foundation. 

See descriptions of all of our actions on-line

For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact:

Elvira Truglia, Communications Coordinator & Web Producer

1.888.948.1112

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About Girls Action Foundation
Girls Action Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting girls and young women to overcome barriers to reach their true potential. Founded in 1995, Girls Action delivers girls' empowerment programs, training for educators, and bursaries for young women change-makers. Girls Action operates on a national scale with a local impact reaching 60,000 girls and young women annually. The 250 member-organizations of the Girls Action Network are found in all provinces and territories. 90% of girls and women participating in Girls Action programs come from underprivileged and marginalized communities.