Wow! We’re still recovering from the first International Day of the Girl last week. TONS of you joined in the celebrations. Here are just a few things that happened:
We made it to the news! We had lots of great news coverage about the first International Day of the Girl, including this piece on CTV news. It features an event in Victoria where four mini-documentaries by members of the Because I am a Girl Speakers’ Bureau were screened to St. Margaret’s School, and speaks about our latest report.
We made it to Canada’s House of Commons! Members of Parliament from all parties spoke up in support of the Day of the Girl! Minister for the Status of Women Rona Ambrose made a proud statement, as did Judy Sgro and Céline Hervieux-Payette. Rathika Sitsabaiesan (who we spoke to in the blog last year) also made a short speech in support of the day.
We had a ton of buzz on Twitter! Prime Minister Stephen Harper, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, Queen Rania, Nelson Mandela, Canadian Olympians and more talked about the Day of the Girl on Twitter!
We turned the world PINK! The Pyramids in Egypt, Niagara Falls, the CN Tower, the Empire State Building, and the London Eye – just to name a few – were all ‘pinkified’ to commemorate Day of the Girl and the global launch of Plan’s Because I am a Girl initiative.
We celebrated in Dundas Square, Toronto! Our day-long event included a concert by our newest Celebrated Ambassador Alyssa Reid, a refreshing Pink LemonAid stand, an interactive art exhibit, and a Because I am a Girl pop-up-shop. We also had a Hands Up Photobooth, where we took fantastic pictures of supporters with their hands up for girls!
And YOU celebrated across Canada! Take some time to look through this inspiring gallery of community celebrations of Day of the Girl from Yellowknife to Montreal!
Lots of you told us on our Facebook Wall how YOU were celebrating the first International Day of the Girl:
- Sangeetha said “By calling my mom first thing in the morning :)”
- Natalie said “Signing up to be a tutor for Big Sisters!”
- Heather said “My 8 yr old daughter discussed it at school, and my 5 yr old son handed out gingerbread girls at daycare!”
- Kaitlin said “I told my Women’s and Gender studies class about today and we raised our hands in support, and I’m rockin the t-shirt!!”
- Sydney said “I celebrating this day skating at a competion. Considering that this started out as a mans sport in the 1800′s. wonder what they would be saying now if they knew;)”
- Leny said “By wearing a completely pink outfit! And letting everyone know why!”
- Jacqueline said “I.AM.CelebratingGirlsEveryDay,Today,YesterdayandTomorrowToo!”
Tell us, how did YOU celebrate the International Day of the Girl!