The GirlKind Foundation in Abbotsford hosts the first Every Girl Matters Day on Friday, Oct. 11.
The event is being held in partnership with the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies at University of the Fraser Valley (UFV), 33844 King Rd.
GirlKind 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.
A free celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 11 at UFV, where Abbotsford West MLA Mike de Jong will present the proclamation for Every Girl Matters Day.
Throughout October, GirlKind is holding a worldwide Every Girl Matters Photo Campaign, asking the public to participate in answering the question as to why girls matter.
More information on the campaign is available at girlkind.org.
The GirlKind Foundation was formed by Deesh Sekhon of Abbotsford who previously held the Save a Girl campaign to collect clothing and personal hygiene items for a girls’ home in India.
This past summer, almost 1,000 items were sent to a different home in India, and more drives are planned in the future.
The organization received its charitable status from Revenue Canada this year.
Sekhon was inspired to raise awareness about the issues of gendercide and gender discrimination after viewing the documentary It’s a Girl. The film was shot in India and China and tells the story of abandoned and trafficked girls not wanted by their parents in cultures where sons are prized.