Recently, the senior girls at John Oliver Secondary played host to two Canadian leaders. Wai Young, Member of Parliament - Vancouver South and Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P., Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women came to JO to meet with the young women and discuss the importance of gender equality and hear from the students about issues that are most prevalent in their own lives.
The students met in the auditorium for presentations as well as an exciting display by the female members of the JO drum-line.
"It was great to see so many of our girls engaged in such an honest and robust conversation with the Minister about issues that are of concern to them as young women and emerging Canadian leaders," says Tim McGeer, Principal at John Oliver Secondary. "The round table discussion was particularly engaging and was a valuable lesson in both Government and the extremely important issue of women's rights. All in all, a wonderful morning of learning for everyone involved."
The Federal government recently launched an initiative to engage young women in issues that affect them at home as well as educate youth about gender issues across the globe.
The Girls Advisory Council, in association with Status of Women Canada, engages girls 15-24 years of age on their priorities and areas of interest, including: how to empower girls to be leaders; mentoring and championing for girls; preventing violence against young women and girls, including the harmful effects of social media (e.g. cyberviolence); and, how to use social media tools in positive ways (e.g. to promote role models and gender equality).
"I am proud to be here in Vancouver to highlight our Government's launch of the Girls Advisory Council that will engage young women and girls on their priorities and perspectives," says The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P., Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women.
After the large group met, the newly formed JO Girls Advisory Council, a smaller group of student leaders, had an opportunity for an open and informal dialogue with Young and Leitch. The girls were interested and pressed the dignitaries on important topics such as rape culture and pay equality.
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