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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Deepika, 21, from Kishanpur village in Uttarakhand, will take over as Canada’s High Commissioner for a day.
  • Amanda Strohan, the Deputy High Commissioner for Canada to India is also scheduled to participate in the interactive session with young change-makers.
  • Deirdre Kent the Acting High Commissioner for Canada to India said IDGC is an opportunity to highlight the needs and rights of girls.

On October 11, 2021, the Canadian Missions in Delhi and Mumbai will mark the International Day of the Girl (IDGC). A 21-year-old, Deepika from Kishanpur village in Uttarakhand, will take over as Canada’s High Commissioner for a day. After taking over, she will be engaging with the followers of the High Commission of Canada on social media about the empowerment of women and equal rights for women and girls.

The event will witness several activities to empower girls. In addition, it will also emphasize the need for equal rights for all girls. Amanda Strohan, the Deputy High Commissioner for Canada to India is also scheduled to participate in the interactive session with young change-makers, and discuss their path to achievements. Reportedly, the Consul-General from Switzerland, Sweden, Japan, Belgium, and representatives of UNICEF will also take part.

To emphasize the message of equal rights for the girl child, the Consulate-General of Canada in Mumbai will collaborate with several government and private institutions. They will together light up prominent buildings in Mumbai and Gujarat in pink.

Commenting on the event, Deirdre Kent the Acting High Commissioner for Canada to India said IDGC is an opportunity to highlight the needs and rights of girls.”Canada continues to champion gender equality and equal opportunities for girls and boys in collaboration with other governments and civil society,” Kent added.

Back on October 7, the Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai partnered with Avid Learning and FICCI FLO to present a panel discussion on ‘Women Create for Change: Stories of Empowerment’. The discussion featured inspirational speakers, mentors, and practitioners active in the creative industry.

In 2011 at the UN, Canada led the call for an International Day of the Girl (IDGC) to raise awareness about the challenges that girls face and as a call to action. The first IDGC was celebrated on October 11, 2012.

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