For Immediate Release

October 11th, 2016

Mayor Crombie’s Statement Marking International Day of the Girl

“The International Day of the Girl is an opportunity to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of girls and young women in our communities, in our workplaces, and in our lives. Today and every day, the empowerment of girls and young women around the world is something to be celebrated and strived for.

“Every girl deserves an equal opportunity to pursue her dreams and reach her full potential. When girls are empowered, they are capable of taking leadership in transforming their communities.

“Yet, today is a reminder that girls and young women continue to struggle for equal rights – violence, discrimination, and oppression are widely faced by girls and young women around the world.

“While important progress has been made in the fight for equality and the rights of girls and women, there is still more work to be done to achieve full and substantive equality.

“We must reaffirm our commitment to the ongoing fight for gender equality everywhere. When we empower girls and help them realize their full potential, we create a better future for all of us.

“Happy International Day of the Girl!”