Government of Canada ministers recognize girls as agents of change

News Release

Government of Canada joins Plan International’s global campaign to mark International Day of the Girl

September 30, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

On October 3 and 4, 2016, six Government of Canada ministers will be accompanied as they perform their daily tasks by six adolescent girls, selected by Plan International Canada as youth advocates. These young women will work with political leaders to demonstrate their potential to be powerful agents of change.

This is part of Plan International’s global campaign to challenge political, social and economic leaders around the world to invite girls to share their views directly with decision makers and to illustrate every girl’s right to equal opportunities.

The empowerment of women and girls is key to raising the voices of women everywhere and is a priority across Canadian government policy and programming.

Canada is proud to support young Canadian girls in reaching their full potential and being positive influencers in their communities and internationally.

The following ministers will take part in this campaign:

  • The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
  • The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
  • The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism
  • The Honourable Patricia A. Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women
  • The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
  • The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance

The girls will be side by side with their respective ministers and attend ministerial briefings, stakeholder meetings and a House of Commons Question Period, among other activities.

To keep track of all the action on October 3 and 4, follow #GirlsBelongHere and the social media accounts of the participating ministers and their departments.

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Contacts

Bernard Boutin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
343-203-5977
bernard.boutin@international.gc.ca

Sabrina Williams
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
613-697-8316
sabrina.williams2@canada.ca

Sabrina Atwal
Press Secretary
Office of the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
613-866-7438
sabrina.atwal@lghc-lgcc.gc.ca

Matt Pascuzzo
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Status of Women
613-291-5561
matthew.pascuzzo@cfc-swc.gc.ca

Caitlin Workman
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
613-617-3157
caitlin.workman@canada.ca

Annie Donolo
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Finance
613-369-5697
annie.donolo@canada.ca


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