Empowerment and encouragement: Windsor celebrates International Day of the Girl

Empowerment and encouragement: Windsor celebrates International Day of the Girl
Emma Watson shares cute throwback picture to celebrate International Day of the Girl
Two in three Canadian girls say they have a friend who has been sexually harassed; more than 75 per cent of girls between the ages of 14 and 24 report experiencing gender-based discrimination in their lives; and only 16 per cent of girls say they feel completely safe in public spaces.

Thats according to new data from an online survey of 1,000 females aged 14 to 24, conducted by Nanos Research for Plan International Canada and released on International Day of the Girl.

“That is why it’s vital that we shine a light on these issues, whether in boardrooms, classrooms or on our Twitter timelines. Conversations on Twitter drive meaningful dialogue in the real world, and we hope this emoji will spark a much-needed discussion on girls’ rights in the leadup to International Day of the Girl.”

The findings illustrate how normal sexual harassment, gender discrimination, and insecurity is for girls living in Canada, the not-for-profit organization said in a news release.

“I’ve been working with Plan on an ongoing basis on many different projects,” Lindsay told Global News. “Because of my passion for the cause, I was approached to design the emoji in consultation with Plan’s Youth Advisory Team.”

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Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, a global ambassador for Plan International Canada, said its important for girls and women alike to continue sharing their experiences of sexual harassment and discrimination in order to encourage others to do the same.

“Every day, girls around the world are denied equal opportunity to become leaders, to make decisions that affect their lives, to raise their voices and be heard,” said Plan president and CEO Caroline Riseboro in a written statement.

They have to continue to raise their voices. We cannot stop, she told CTVs Your Morning on Thursday. Girls have the right to come to this life and be treated as equals, to feel safe wherever they go, to have the opportunities that they want to flourish in their own societies.

Ravicha Ravinthiran, a youth ambassador for Plan International Canada, accompanied Gregoire Trudeau for the interview and shared her thoughts on the surveys results.

Lindsay explained the logo, a pink fist making a G shape for girl and extending from the universal sign for female, is representative of “the power, resilience, and potential of girls worldwide.”

It makes me angry, she said. I think the numbers are unacceptable and we should be working towards decreasing those numbers, but I also feel like showing people those numbers creates a sense of community where were able to empower each other.

On a more optimistic note, the same survey found that more than two thirds of Canadian girls said the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault has given them a sense of hopefulness about the future of gender equality.

“The emoji is a symbol of a fist held up in a motion of defiance against inequality and solidarity alongside all those who stand up for girls rights,” she said.

In order to attain that equality, Gregoire Trudeau said its important for the next generation of girls to include themselves in the areas of society they want to change.

A new emoji designed for the International Day of the Girl by Plan International Canada, in collaboration with the United Nations and Twitter. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018.

Run for politics, maybe youll be a Supreme Court justice one day, shape the industries that you want to see and dream yourself into, she said. The future kind of gets less intimidating when youre the one shaping it.

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Emma Watson thanked young feminists for their work as she celebrated International Day Of The Girl with a sweet throwback posted to her Instagram on Thursday.

The actress, 28, shared an image from the premiere of Harry Potter And The Philosophers Stone back in 2001, when she was just 11.

Writing to her 47.9 million fans, she said: I want to celebrate by letting all the girls here know that I am truly and totally in awe of all the ideas, efforts and talents youre using to organise together and transform our world!

Sweet: Emma Watson thanked young feminists for their work as she celebrated International Day Of The Girl with a throwback posted to her Instagram account on Thursday

She then added: I encourage you to check out @FRIDAfund – the only youth led fund focused on supporting the organising of young feminist activists all over the world because your work is critical to expanding, rejuvenating and sustaining social justice movements, now and in the future!

In recent years, Emma has also become a leading figure in the fight for gender equality after taking up her position as Women Goodwill Ambassador for the UN in 2014. 

Last year, Emma donated £1 million to a fund for victims of sexual harassment ahead of a show of female solidarity at the BAFTAs, where an array of British stars dressed in black were accompanied by feminist activists.

The Bling Ring star is currently busy filming Greta Gerwigs adaptation of Little Women, where she is taking on the role of eldest sister Meg March.

Helping hand: The actress, 28, encouraged fans to support FRIDA, The Young Feminist Fund, which supports organising of young feminist activists all over the world (pictured in March)

Little Women, originally penned by Louisa May Alcott, tells the story of four sisters, coming of age in America, in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Shell star alongside Florence Pugh, Timothée Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan and Meryl Streep in the latest box office offering which is slated for release in 2019.

The role was originally intended for Emma Stone, according to Variety, who report she was unable to commit to the role, as she is currently working on The Favourite.