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National Day of Action 2016


For the 12th consecutive year on February 14th, girls and young women steered away from the usual Valentine’s Day activities and instead created action-oriented projects to raise awareness about the issues affecting them and their communities!

Check out the wonderful story of National Day of Action 2016! 

Who can participate?

Everyone who is a registered member of Girls Action’s National Network or any young woman who has participated in our programs can apply. You can register to become a member at the same time as you apply for the National Day of Action.

Register here to become a member.

Is there a theme?

Yes. There were two themes this year!

• Intergenerational mentorship for newcomer and immigrant girls (through our project: Newcomer and Immigrant Girls in Canada: Engaging girls and multiple stakeholders to prevent violence, supported by Status of Women Canada)

• Celebrating women’s history in Canada, especially significant women leaders (through our project: Youth-led community actions celebrating Women’s history, supported by Canadian Heritage)

What kind of action can I propose?

Think about an action project that is related to one or more of the above themes, and that directly involves girls and young women in its planning and execution.

How can I make the project a reality?

Girls Action gave out a limited number of subsidies of up to $750 to National Network members to implement their projects.

To apply for a subsidy, participants had to register their action to possibly be selected to receive funding for it.

When is the deadline?

The deadline to apply is now passed. Thank you for your interest! 

Anything else I should know?

Girls Action encouraged folks to create an action project. But that’s not all! We are also encouraged participants to get their creative juices flowing and participate in the Kickaction.ca Blogging Carnival – an online space for young feminists to share their opinions on current events and everything under the sun.

Check out this year’s themes here! You can also find out what happened during last year’s Blogging Carnival and much more on kickaction.ca

Create a movement through sharing your photos and art work!

While implementing community actions, youth were encouraged to create infographics or digital posters on the theme of celebrating women in their region and in Canada’s history. Photographs, art work or other creations were transformed into interesting and informative infographics for sharing and movement building. Participants had the images and inspiration, we provided them with ideas and support for creating the infographics!

Creating your own materials to promote your community action?  

Check out the National Day of Action Media Kit here.

Any strings attached?

Everyone who was awarded a subsidy was asked to fill out participant surveys and an evaluation about their project. This was a way to let us know how helpful this project was in advancing goals and in making an impact in girls’ lives. There was also some other documents to fill out. We made sure things were clear and supported participants every step of the way.

Contact Diahara Traoré by email at diahara@girlsactionfoundation.ca or call 1.888.948.1112 if you have any questions related to National Day of Action.  

We would like to thank Canadian Heritage, Youth Take Charge and Status of Women Canada for their generous funding. This event is part of the "Looking Back, Looking Forward: Youth-led Action Project Celebrating Women's History in Canada" funded in part by Canadian Heritage, and the "Newcomer and Immigrant Girls in Canada: Encouraging Girls and Multiple Skateholders to Prevent Violence Project" funded by Status of Women Canada.