Second “Every Girl Matters Day” proclaimed by Finance Minister Mike De Jong in Abbotsford


GIRLKIND Foundation of Abbotsford hosted a celebration last Saturday after it asked the provincial government to proclaim “Every Girl Matters Day” throughout B.C., in conjunction with the UN’s Day of the Girl to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges they face around the world.

De Jong presented the proclamation to members of the foundation as well as to local elementary and high school students. Before the presentation the public was invited to join a screening of the film “Girl Rising.”

Deesh Sekhon, founder of the GirlKIND, said the proclamation sends a strong message that B.C. is a province “that stands up to the injustices that girls face and believes that every girl has the potential to be accomplish anything.”

She said: “Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams.”

GIRLS 2The film was an eye-opener to many as they saw the struggles girls face to gain an education in some parts of the world where it can be life-threatening.

An art table was set up for individuals to create their own pieces of artwork with inspiring messages. It certainly a hit with the children.

GirlKIND was created in 2012 to help fight gendercide, combat gender discrimination and raise awareness on these issues through different avenues, helping empower girls and women to change cultural values, one girl at a time.  To learn more visit: