Statement by JLE President on International Day of the Girl 2017

“The world’s 1.1 billion girls are a source of power, energy, and creativity – and the millions of girls in emergencies are no exception. This year’s International Day of the Girl (IDG) on October 11 marks the beginning of a year-long effort to spur global attention and action to the challenges and opportunities girls face before, during, and after crises.” UN Statement on #DayOfTheGirl

The theme of this International Day: “EmPOWER girls: before, during, and after crises ” is one the Junior League of Edmonton supports unreservedly.

Girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during their critical formative years but also as they mature into women. If effectively supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as of tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders.

We know that between the ages of 9 and 13, Canadian girls’ confidence declines sharply. We also know that by Grade 10, Canadian girls are 3 times more likely than boys to be depressed. When a girl has low self-esteem, she is insecure, anxious, less likely to participate in physical activity, and more likely to experience negative and dangerous social behaviors.

The Junior League of Edmonton (JLE) is proud to empower girls within the city of Edmonton. Through supportive partnerships with like-minded community organizations and direct voluntary service, the focus of JLE’s community impact efforts is to foster resilience; creating confident, active and empowered girls.

If we invest in girls, their safety, and education, they will be able to build a brighter future for everyone.

Hannah Barrington

President, Junior League Edmonton