Because I am a Girl…

After going through an application process, a few phone calls and multiple emails, I’m very excited to be a Member of the Speakers Bureau for the “Because I Am a Girl” movement.  I have always wanted to do some Humanitarian work and this is a perfect fit for me.

I have my first talk October 23rd in front of 50 elementary school girls.  They have asked me to talk about my struggles and successes I’ve had being a girl in sports, especially in a martial art.

It’s great to have the opportunity to hopefully motivate and inspire some other girls to dream big and work towards their goal no matter what the obstacles, stereotypes or limitations. I want them to know that it’s OK to be strong and confident. It’s great!  I want them to know that strength within gives you the freedom to be heard and make a difference.  I want them to know that people will support them if they believe in themselves.  I have learned so much through sports and I just want to share my story and motivate these girls to be the best they can be no matter what! I want them to know that they too have the power to help others along the way. Everyone deserves the chance to try things. We all have different talents and everyone should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.  We have so many privileges here in Canada and I feel it’s our responsibility to help those who don’t.

Because I am a Girl initiative is a national campaign that is unleashing the power of Canadian girls, women – and everyone who matters to them – to claim a brighter, safer future for girls in the developing world.

We believe:

  • Girls have the right to eat.
  • Girls have the right to be educated.
  • Girls have the right to be safe.
  • Girls have the right to healthcare.
  • Girls have the right to be treated with respect.
  • Girls have the right to pursue their dreams.
  • Girls have the right to the same opportunities as their brothers.
…because girls’ rights are human rights.

Although girls are often the poorest of the poor, it’s proven that investing in girls is key to eliminating poverty. Empower a girl and she’ll change the world.

When a girl is educated, nourished and protected, she shares her knowledge and skills with her family and community, and can forever change the future of a nation. It’s that powerful!

That’s what Because I am a Girl is all about – harnessing the incredible power that girls and women have here at home and in the developing world, to change the future.

Girls and women are making real changes around the world and here in Canada to break the cycle of poverty in the developing world.

It only takes ONE girl to change the world.

I will keep you posted with my upcoming events along this journey. 🙂