Her International

Oct. 11 marks International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl focuses on promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights

Tomorrow marks a day that aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face in the world.

On Oct. 11, International Day of the Girl will focus on promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.

The day has been internationally recognized since 2012, and this year the theme will be ‘a skilled girl-force’.

According to the United Nationals today’s generation of girls are preparing to enter a work force that is being transformed by innovation and automation. Educated and skilled workers are in great demand, but roughly a quarter of young people – most of them female – are currently neither employed, in education nor training.

This is even more evident in the developing world, which is why an Alberta company is partnering with the charity Her International to bring a self-development and leadership training program, titled Hero Girls, to educate young women in the developing world.

The company SureCall, a call centre, launched a corporate social responsibility program in 2016 called GoodCall to find ways to give back to their local community.

Desirée Bombenon, CEO and Chief Innovation Officer of SureCall, says GoodCall was launched as a local endeavour to donate a portion of the company’s revenues each year to non-profits and registered charities.

“On International Day of the Girl, we are proud to announce that we have entered into a partnership with ‘Her International’ to bring Hero Girls to the developing world,” Bombenon said.

Hero Girls was designed by Bombenon through the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative, where she attended as a Fellow in 2017.

RELATED: Former Kelowna woman receives prestigious service medal

Hero Girls is facilitated by Her International a Canadian Registered Charity that was founded in 2005 and based in Kelowna.

The program Hero Girls is a year long and covers topics like entrepreneurship, financial literacy, self-confidence, mental health, and mindfulness. This program is the first of its kind to see participants giving something back to the organization, as each graduate goes on to mentor other girls in the community by attending the subsequent course delivery as a teacher trainer. The entrepreneurial program will be supported by micro credit loans and successful start ups will endeavour to also pay it forward by contributing a small percentage of revenue back into the program.

RELATED: Hope raises thousands for two Kelowna charities

The Hero Girls pilot program launches in January 2019 in the region of Dang, Nepal.

Empower Her: Giving 200 Girls + Women a chance to thrive from Her International on Vimeo.


@Jen_zee
jen.zielinski@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Jointly-hosted tea at museum

Strawberry Social 2 p.m. June 15th at museum grounds

The pen is mightier than the board

Local group of kids plans to put out regular newsletter as fundraising initiative

Celebrate Pride in the Park at 2nd annual event

Weekend of festivities June 14-15th

Ambushed with honour

Mike Gray receives Rotary’s highest honour in surprise presentation at Horsethief pub anniversary

Mountain-high honour

Belayed thanks to long-serving community member Herb Weller

PHOTOS: Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150 fish in the past several months

B.C. church’s Pride flag defaced for second time in 12 days

Delta’s Ladner United Church says it will continue to fly the flag for Pride month

Update: Two shot, two arrested at Toronto Raptors victory rally

The team and several dignitaries, including Justin Trudeau, remained on stage

Most Read