FREDERICTON, N.B. – The provincial government is helping New Brunswick students mark the second annual International Day of the Girl today, Oct. 11.
The United Nations established the International Day of the Girl in 2011 to raise awareness about the many challenges faced by girls; to promote equal treatment and equal opportunities for them and; to provide a means of celebrating and taking action.
"I invite all New Brunswickers to recognize and celebrate the daughters, nieces, sisters and friends in their lives," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Marie-Claude Blais, who is also minister responsible for women's equality. "By heightening our awareness of the roles girls play in our society and the issues they face, we can create a province where girls are free to reach their potential."
This week, the Women's Equality Branch distributed Cybersafe Girl materials to most middle school students. Cybersafe Girl gives young girls, parents and educators information about how girls experience violence and abuse on the Internet as well strategies to prevent cyberbullying.
"Supporting and empowering girls at a young age are critical to growing the economy, eradicating poverty and to breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence in our province," said Blais. "When we invest in girls, we invest in the future of New Brunswick."