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Girls today face a lot of pressure: societal expectations, limiting gender stereotypes and conflicting messages are all around them.The best gift you can give a girl this holiday is confidence. When you believe in a girl through a donation to the Canadian Women's Foundation, you can transform the life of a girl like Amar.
Most girls in Canada start out strong in life—they score high in reading and writing, tend to make friends easily, and have strong verbal skills. But as girls approach adolescence, something happens. By Grade 10, only 14% of girls feel self-confident. Girls are three times as likely as boys to be depressed. Sadly, over half of the girls in one study said they wished they were someone else.
As we have seen this week, when women speak out about physical or sexual assault the first reaction is usually disbelief: “This never happened.” When the facts can’t be denied, the second reaction is often to blame the victim. Victim blaming is typically disguised as “legitimate” questions: What was she wearing? Why did she go with him? How did she provoke him? Why didn’t she run away?
It’s inspiring to see so many women following their passion and moving into careers and activities that once used to be considered for men only, such as STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), as well as computer gaming and other online spaces.But too many girls are still discouraged from entering STEM and too many adult women still struggle for full acceptance by their peers and potential employers.
Why empower girls and young women? Why help them find their voice?
As girls enter adolescence, from ages 9 to 13, their confidence declines sharply and they experience higher rates of depression. In Canada, over 50% of all girls say they wish they were someone else while 9 out of 10 girls say they feel pressure from the media to be thin.
Many Canadians are surprised to hear that sex trafficking is happening right here in Canada, and that the majority of victims are actually Canadian citizens. With your support, we’ve been working to end sex trafficking and to help the women and girls who are victims of this extremely violent crime. This fall, we will publicly launch our National Anti-Trafficking Strategy, so stay tuned!
Trafficking of girls and women is illegal, a human rights violation and an extreme form of violence against women. The solutions to end sex trafficking of girls and women are intrinsically linked to all of our key priorities: helping women transition out of poverty; ending violence against women; building strong, resilient girls; and public education and advocacy.
Each year 40,000 arrests result from domestic violence - that’s about 12% of all violent crimes in Canada. While all violence is unacceptable, over 83% of police-reported domestic assaults are against women. And sadly, every six days in Canada a woman is murdered by her intimate partner. Domestic violence does not simply affect 'some' of us. It is a problem that impacts our society and it also costs us financially
Each year 40,000 arrests result from domestic violence - that’s about 12% of all violent crime in Canada. Yet only 22% of all incidents are reported to the police. Spousal violence in Canada collectively costs Canadians $7.4 billion each year, and that's a conservative estimate.
Message from Mina Mawani, President and CEO:As the new CEO of the Canadian Women's Foundation, I'm often asked "What makes your organization different?" I love answering this question, because we are truly unique. After all, when you look at social and economic problems through a woman's eyes, you can't help but see things differently.
We predict this year will be a time of profound change, not only for the Canadian Women's Foundation but for all women and girls.Across Canada and around the world, we are witnessing an incredible explosion of female empowerment. Thanks to you, the Canadian Women's Foundation is an important part of this movement.