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Every Girl Matters Day proclaimed in BC

The B.C. Government has officially proclaimed Oct. 11 as Every Girl Matters Day to coincide with the United Nations’ Day of the Girl. Official presentation was conducted by Minister Mike De Jong and MLA Simon Gibson of Abbotsford, BC.  I personally think that this proclamation sends a strong message throughout BC and Canada and even the rest of the world. As a  Province who believes in equal rights and opportunities for girls. A province that stands up to injustices that girls face in their own local backyards as well as our global backyards.

We are very proud to mark this day and feel that this is a step in the right direction for all girls and women. More pics can be viewed on our Facebook page or by clicking read more.

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Every Girl Matters Day in BC

GirlKIND Foundation in partnership with the Indo-Canadian Department of Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley to Host the first “Every Girl Matters,” Day in British Columbia.

“On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.“ --United Nations

As part of the effort to help bring attention to the many issues girls face around the world including "Gendercide," and many gender discriminations, GirlKIND asked the British Columbia Government to mark this day in conjunction with the UN’s “Day of the Girl,” as “Every Girl Matters Day,” in BC.

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GirlKIND at AbbyFest

This past weekend, GirlKIND had the opportunity to participate in Abbotsford's largest multicultural festival at the Ag-Rec, AbbyFest . It was great engaging the public in what we do as well as it gave us a head start to our "Every Girl Matters," Photo Campaign. We asked the public to take part by asking them why girls matters. The responses were fantastic! All pics will be posted on our Facebook page for you to view.

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Gendercide Takes Away Basic Human Rights from Girls

Guest Blog Post provided by Sarpreet Kahlon

Sarpreet is a third year student at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) and is studying Health Sciences. She began a club last year called United Against Gendercide with the hope of creating awareness and inspiring students to unite in the fight against gender discrimination. GirlKIND is very proud of all the work she has done in raising awareness and making a difference in her community. Great job Sarpreet!

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My community is not restricted to my neighbourhood and it is not bound by the borders of my country, I am a part of a global community.

As a part of this global community I believe gendercide is one of humanity’s greatest challenges. The acts of foeticide and infanticide continue to take away basic human rights from girls. UNICEF estimates that 5 million female fetuses are aborted every year in India, and 1 out of 4 girls born in India will not survive past puberty.

While some mothers fight for their daughters, others blinded by cultural preferences choose to strangle, burn and bury their daughters. Governments are failing to provide adequate protection. China’s one-child policy continues to promote the killing of girls and promotional posters continue to remind the Indian population that spending 500 rupees on an abortion is better than having to spend 5000 rupees for dowry. In India, the ratio of girls to boys is 914 to 1000. In China the sex ratio stands at 119.45 boys for every 100 girls.

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