Since the United Nations General Assembly declared October 11th International Day of the Girl Child, people across the world have joined together to recognize girls’ rights and the unique adversities girls face around the world.
The Junior League of Edmonton has refocused its impact area to girls’ self-esteem and mental health. Investing in girls’ empowerment is an investment in their futures, the future of their communities, and the world. The United Nations reported in 2015 that girls in their first ten years are more likely to “enrol in primary school and less likely to suffer from health and nutrition problems.” However, after their first decade, girls face massive barriers to information about puberty, reproductive health, gender-based violence, mental health and self esteem.
The Junior League of Edmonton is committed to alleviating the impact these issues have on girls through funding, voluntarism and supporting initiatives dedicated to girls’ empowerment.