Helle provided opening remarks at Plan International Canada’s kick-off event for the sixth International Day of the Girl on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Toronto Stock Exchange gallery space. Author and former Conservative Leader, Rona Ambrose and Caroline Riseboro, also delivered remarks celebrating International Day of the Girl and the success of the #GirlsBelongHere initiative. Through #GirlsBelongHere, a diverse group of young women from across the country stepped into their dream jobs for a day to meaningfully illustrate every girl’s right to realize her potential.
Lisa LaFlamme, Chief Anchor of CTV National News and Plan International Canada Celebrated Ambassador, moderated a panel discussion with four highly accomplished and passionate #GirlsBelongHere youth participants who stepped into a variety of high-profile positions including the Prime Minister of Canada, the CEO of Unilever Canada, the Business Development Lead at Snapchat and a producer at Toronto’s Breakfast Television. The four participants discussed the power of ambitious career aspirations and why it’s important for girls to dream big. Panelists also addressed the “dream gap” – a combination of gender stereotypes, discrimination and negative perceptions that often prevent many girls from realizing their dreams.
• Rona Ambrose, author and former leader of the Conservative Party of Canada
• Helle Bank Jorgensen, President, Global Compact Network Canada
• Lisa LaFlamme, CTV National News Chief Anchor and Plan International Canada Celebrated Ambassador
• Caroline Riseboro, President and CEO, Plan International Canada
• #GirlsBelongHere participants Breanne, Alice, Christina and Ashwini (who have stepped into the roles of: the Prime Minister of Canada, the CEO of Unilever Canada, the Business Development Lead at Snapchat and a producer at Toronto’s Breakfast Television)