POSTED September 22, 2020
Celebrating gender equality this week and every day
Children Believe and Canada mark an important issue on the path toward creating a better world for everyone
By Brianne Binelli, digital content manager, Canada
Canada is celebrating gender equality this week, highlighting the work of trailblazers and activists working hard to do their part to make lasting, positive change in their communities. We’re proud to see children and youth we help learning how to live out these ideals in the countries where we work.
Women and girls are joining community groups and gaining the leadership skills and resources that bring opportunities to enhance their life choices. And, boys are joining their efforts. Bayanna, 15, president of a local child-led organization modelled after the Indian parliamentary system, is just one example. He’s committed to giving girls the right to go to school rather than be forced into early marriages. “I want the girls in my community to be educated and not to get married at 12 or 13,” he told us.
At Children Believe we help girls and boys enjoy equal opportunities by encouraging them to use their voice to make change. They do that by participating in decision-making at our program level and in community and government meetings, forums and more.
ABOUT CHILDREN BELIEVE (formerly Christian Children's Fund of Canada):
Children Believe works globally to empower children to dream fearlessly, stand up for what they believe in — and be heard. For 60 years, we’ve brought together brave young dreamers, caring supporters and partners, and unabashed idealists. Together, we’re driven by a common belief: creating access to education — inside and outside of classrooms — is the most powerful tool children can use to change their world.