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Why Your Voices Matter – A Letter to the Village Bloggurls

2022-01-04T20:33:19+00:00August 20, 2014|Empowering girls, Guest bloggers|

Girl holding a butterflyThis is a letter written by Michele Landsberg to the Village Bloggurls, the recipients of the 2014 Michele Landsberg Community Award Village.

It was wonderful fun for me to get to know all of you through your blog, your postings and videos. I know from your posts that you and your mentors are full of life and adventure….and sushi. Getting to know one another and writing reports about each other, you express your friendship, your open-ness, your generous acceptance of each other and your delight in being in a girls only group, where you could feel the freedom of not being constantly judged on your appearance.

Why Girls’ Voices Matter

2022-01-04T20:28:10+00:00August 12, 2014|Empowering girls, Guest bloggers|

Girl and marblesOur voices matter and are important because often times our views, opinions, and ideas are brushed off or deemed insignificant just because we are girls, living in this male dominated society. Even though the laws protect women’s rights, it does not mean that people respect our rights.  Girls are treated differently because of their gender and their rights are nullified just for being born a female.  Even today, many girls are judged or looked down upon just because of their gender.

I throw like a girl, I run like a girl, I speak up like a girl – and I’m proud!

2022-01-04T20:17:57+00:00June 30, 2014|Empowering girls, What the Hashtag|

Girl playing in school yardIt’s not every day that you watch an online corporate campaign and think to yourself: “They’ve nailed it!” This is what I said after seeing the new Always campaign, ‘Like A Girl’.  It powerfully captures everyday sexism that plagues our cultural perceptions of gender and disempowers girls at a young age to believe they are weaker than boys.

Before I delve deeper into this topic, watch the campaign video for yourself here.

Do We Still Need International Women’s Day?

2022-01-04T16:08:24+00:00March 8, 2014|Corporate, Empowering girls, Gender-based violence, Human trafficking, Sexual abuse, Women’s poverty|

communityThis was originally published on Huffington Post as part of Mina's new ongoing blog to raise awareness about issues affecting women and girls in Canada.

Before the end of today, you might notice a few small media stories mentioning that it’s International Women’s Day. If you’re like many Canadians, you might wonder why we still need a day like this, especially in a country like ours.