Pembroke, Ontario – Cheryl Gallant, M.P. for Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, would like to draw attention to the celebration of October 11th as the International Day of the Girl, which occurs during the October long recognition of Women’s History Month.

“Our Government’s number one priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. Empowering girls and young women to succeed in all sectors of our economy helps to grow and diversify our national economy,” stated MP Gallant.

On March 24, 2011, the House of Commons gave its unanimous support to Canada leading a campaign at the United Nations for designating an International Day of the Girl. Canada led the international community to campaign for this initiative which was formally adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 19, 2011. The first International Day of the Girl was commemorated across the world in 2012. The Government of Canada believes that this day helps to promote equal treatment and opportunities for girls worldwide in areas such as law, nutrition, healthcare and education.

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