The International Day of the Girl Child is observed on October 11. I have two daughters and I like to think that I am providing them with everything they need to be strong, intelligent and confident beings. I know that my two girls have their basic needs met which makes their path to womanhood easier, in some ways. But it’s also my responsibility to instill in them a sense of global awareness, to know that they are part of a beautiful tapestry of girls and women the world over who deserve to be honoured and given opportunities for successful, healthy and fulfilling lives; we’re each a part of this circle of giving and receiving and children are never too young to understand their part in that.

Today I want to recognize 3 organizations whose mission is to uplift girls and women, on a local and global level. This is part of the #3ThingsThursday linkup hosted by Pink Chai Living, The Write Balance and Love Laugh Mirch. If you’re a blogger who wants to link up, simply visit one of their sites!

One: Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series

This luncheon series showcases North America’s most influential and accomplished women; a keynote speaker shares her personal and professional stories to motivate and inspire the audience. On Tuesday October 27 at the Sheraton Wall Centre in Vancouver, Tamara Taggart – coanchor of CTV News at 6 – will be speaking. A working mom, cancer survivor and chair of BC Women’s Hospital “Hope Starts Here,” Tamara will share tips on how to meet the demands of a busy life while advocating for yourself.

I heard Tamara speak at Leading Moms in 2014 and found her personal story engaging and miraculous. It’s the kind of story that makes you evaluate your own life and priorities. Doesn’t that sound like something we could all use?

I’m teaming up with this event to give a lucky reader a ticket (worth $102)! It’s simple to enter – just leave a comment with the name of a woman (in your life, or someone famous, or from long ago) who has had a positive influence on your life. I’ll draw a name the old-fashioned way, and if you won I’ll send you an email! The winner must respond within 24 hours or another name will be drawn. You can enter until 6 pm PST on Tuesday October 20, 2015.


Good luck!

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Two: A Mighty Girl

I’m sharing this resource site because if you haven’t liked them on Facebook yet, you should! It is so refreshing and inspiring to have these positive posts show up in my feed. I love learning about heroes – young and old – who are creating legacies simply by being the brave, mighty and passionate beings they are. The site showcases ‘books, toys and movies for smart, confident and courageous girls’ and I guarantee you will love it. You don’t have to have a daughter to want to raise mighty girls. As adults we have incredible influence over the next generation in so many ways. You’d be surprised by how much simply believing in their potential can change the way they see themselves and the world. If you are interested in raising mighty girls – yours or the world’s – check out this site.

Three: Aga Khan Foundation Canada

For more than 30 years, AKFC has worked with Canada and Canadians to provide sustainable improvement to the quality of life for people in Asia and Africa. They have programs in healthcare, education, civil society and rural development which assist men and women regardless of faith or cultural background. I particularly like their policy regarding the education of females which is nicely summed up in this quote from their Facebook page: “Educate a girl, educate a family. Educating girls has a ripple effect that lasts for generations. Educated girls are more likely to marry later and have fewer children. Their children are more likely to survive, be better nourished and get their own education.”

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Let’s keep working hard locally and globally so that girls can be girls – and live up to their every potential!