Girl Rising Niagara

With the Canada-Sweden game now at 3-0, it is time for me to post a blog and get out for a run here in Orlando before it gets too hot…. I hope I am not too confident in our gold win.  And yes, I am happy to be away from Ontario winter weather.

I was inspired by Fiona Webster Mourant, a CAIS Board Member in Winnipeg, to host a screening of Girl Rising.  If you haven’t heard of Girl Rising, it is a groundbreaking feature film that spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances.  The film captures their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives.  It is also a movement dedicated to empowering and achieving educational equity for girls around the world.

My daughter, Kathleen, and I are hosting a screening of this outstanding documentary on the evening of March 3rd at Ridley College. Our goal is to raise global visibility about the importance of educating girls and to be part of the movement to capture the attention of global policy leaders to inspire them to include girls’ education on the post  2015 United Nations agenda.  For more information about Girl Rising and to check out the trailer, visit:

Our aim, for International Women’s Day 2014, is to demonstrate our commitment to breaking down the barriers that prevent girls around the world from going to school.  Barriers like child marriage, sex trafficking, gender violence and discrimination.  We want the members of our Niagara community to be part of this growing movement, raising awareness and visibility alongside thousands of other events worldwide.  We hope you’ll join us to enjoy a cupcake and watch the screening of this incredible documentary.

Kathleen and I decided that all money raised with be donated in equal parts to the Girl Rising Movement and Gillian’s Place, an organization that empowers abused women of Niagara (  Kathleen’s best friend’s Mom works there, and we are excited to support the amazing work done for women at Gillian’s Place.

We ALL need to help raise awareness globally while at the same time supporting the needs of girls in our community. 

Visit the Girl Rising website to learn more.  Buy tickets to our event here:

Go Canada!

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