Because I am a Girl program comes to Moose Jaw

Rebecca Lawrence
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Hip-Hop artist Masia One at Lindale School

More than 300 girls across Moose Jaw joined together on Thursday to discuss what it means to be a girl and how they can become confident and empowered women.

    Lindale School played host to seven other schools for the 411 TV: Because I Am A Girl movement.

    Girls in grades six to eight from the Prairie School South Division attended the program —a  joint project between Plan Canada and the 411 Initiative For Change, which took the form of a mock live-to-air television talk show.

    The girls were shown interviews from around the world which discussed different issues their peers are facing from a lack of education to being forced into early marriages to not getting enough food.

    Nana Abu Duncan, a CBC Radio associate producer, hosted the event while hip-hop artist Masia One performed for the girls and also answered questions.

    Patti Rodger, prinicpal of Lindale, said it was a great opportunity for the girls.

    “There is a lot of discrimination towards girls and I think we see it in Canada in several different ways, for example not being paid as much as men in jobs as they get into the work force.

    “But the education here is larger than that. It’s focusing on young women around the world. More than half the girls in the world do not get to school and are illiterate.

Read more in a future Times-Herald edition.

Organizations: Lindale School, Prairie School South Division, CBC Radio

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Canada

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