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SOURCE World Vision Canada
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Tomorrow, in honor of the third
annual U.N.-sanctioned International Day of the Girl Child, World
Vision encourages Canadians to talk with sisters, mothers, daughters
and other influential women in their lives about how strong girls and
women can make a strong world.
An estimated 85 million children worldwide are doing hazardous 3D jobs (dirty, dangerous and
degrading). For girls, this includes prostitution, domestic work in
private homes, and harvesting coffee, sugar and cocoa.
Globally, 61 per cent of female youths still cannot read or write. Poverty is a major barrier
to secondary education, especially among older girls. Many are denied
access to education because of early marriage and other cultural
practices. Even gathering water is often a burden that prevents girls
from going to school.
Every single day, 786 women die from complications of pregnancy or childbirth - most could be prevented
with access to proper nutrition and medical care.
When 10 per cent more of its girls go to school, a country's GDP
increases an average of three per cent.
World Vision works to protect children, especially survivors of conflicts, disasters and gender-based
violence. For example, in Jordan and Lebanon, the agency is helping
thousands of Syrian refugee families.
World Vision helps girls and women access better health care in about
100 countries. In rural Tanzania, for example, the agency is teaching new moms about nutrition for their
children and how to prevent diarrhea, pneumonia and HIV and AIDS.
In Ethiopia, World Vision has launched a Literacy Boost program to make a difference in how children learn.
Engage in fashion advocacy by gifting jewelry, scarves, T-shirts and other handcrafted accessories
that fund women's development programs. Through the World Vision Gift
Catalogue, donating as little as $35 - the cost of the average blouse -
can help provide a young woman with job training or school supplies for
Learn more about issues that affect girls through World Vision's Voices for Children network.
Arrange a screening of documentary, "Girl Rising" in your local area.
By engaging on International Day of the Girl Child, millions of
vulnerable girls in the world are empowered and equipped to become
strong women, like our sisters, mothers and friends.
Photos and interviews with World Vision representatives in Canada and
Jordan are available upon request.
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy
organization dedicated to working with children, families and
communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all
people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Visit our
News Centre at worldvision.ca.
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