New foundation formed to fight gendercide

GirlKind, started by Deesh Sekhon of Abbotsford, holds a fundraising event on Sept. 15.

Deesh Sekhon

The newly launched organization GirlKind Foundation, based in Abbotsford, is holding a screening of a documentary titled It’s a Girl on Saturday, Sept. 15.

The film was shot on location in India and China, and tells the story of abandoned and trafficked girls – not wanted by their parents in cultures where sons are prized – as well as dowry-related violence, mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives, and other mothers who would kill for a son.

GirlKind Foundation was formed by Deesh Sekhon of Abbotsford who previously conducted the Save a Girl campaign to collect clothing and personal hygiene items for a girls’ home in India.

More than 170 pounds of items were collected, and they were delivered to the home in January by Sekhon’s family.

Sekhon said GirlKind was formed for several reasons.

“It’s a platform to continue to raise awareness on the issue of gendercide, gender discrimination, and also to inspire others to do more, get involved and join the movement,” she said.

Sekhon plans to soon launch a campaign, called Every Girl Matters, to inspire people to get involved in the cause.

She said the It’s a Girl documentary first opened her eyes to the issue, and she wants to share it with others.

Doors for the screening open at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 at Matsqui Centennial Auditorium, 32315 South Fraser Way. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. All proceeds go to GirlKind.

The evening also includes guest speakers and performances by Saint Soldier and The Kaurageous One.

To purchase tickets or for more information, send an email to support@girlkind.org or call 604-825-8088.

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