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Because I Am A Girl

There has (rightly so) been a considerable amount of media buzz recently about the Canadian National Women’s Soccer Team winning entry to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.  Congratulations!

Hopefully some people also noticed that the Team was also demonstrating their commitment to girls’ issues and rights by wearing magenta (the Plan Canada “Because I am a Girl” pink) headbands and shoelaces on the field. The team hoped to draw attention to the cause and inspire others to take part.

soccer game“Over 320,000 girls play soccer in Canada and as role models to young people, I feel strongly that by supporting Because I am a Girl, we can have a positive impact on girls both on and off the soccer field,” said Christine Sinclair, Captain, Canadian Women’s National Team.

The Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team is also fundraising to support equal access to sport programs for girls in Colombia. The project is called “Football for Peace”. ‘Football’ is used as a way to teach tolerance, reconciliation and mutual respect in a country afflicted by almost five years of civil war. It has been shown that sport leads to real change, particularly in the area of girls’ education, both getting and keeping girls in school. In the communities where “Football for Peace” has been implemented, the number of violent gangs has diminished significantly, girls have gained self esteem and life skills and the community at large is more respectful of their rights.

Plan Canada encourages all Canadians to learn more and continue supporting girls through the Because I am a Girl initiative by visiting www.plancanada.ca or www.becauseiamagirl.ca.

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