With Girls for the World, it was great that we could continue on with the club as we did in previous years. We had a diverse set of grades involved in the club and made many great memories. Although many of our meetings and planning sessions had to happen on Teams so we could stay in our cohorts, we still managed to have a great year.
One important project that stood out was Tampon Tuesday, as we organized a drive for menstruation products. We gathered products for an important issue that affects many women around the world from different backgrounds: period poverty. There is a lot of shame towards a natural function like menstruation and many girls and women are highly affected by it. In Nepal, women are often sent to huts due to the strong stigma, and in India 12% of menstruators lack access to proper hygiene products. Many girls miss school and suffer as a result of period poverty. Even in Canada, many girls and women face stigma and the high costs associated with menstrual products make it difficult. For Tampon Tuesday, we put our best efforts forward to address the issue. We donated everything collected to Velma’s House, 1JustCity, and Main Street Project.
International Women’s Day is another important event, and Girls for the World truly came together for this. We couldn’t have much in-person interaction, and with a wide variety of grades involved, the task was made especially difficult. However, we managed the hurdles to capture our best efforts on a memorable day. We had an impressive guest speaker, Isha Khan ’91, deliver an important message. Isha Khan is a human rights lawyer and CEO of Canadian Museum of Human Rights. We also had impressive dance and voice performances from our students — some performed live! Also, we organized an activity featuring inspiring Indigenous women, with many being from Manitoba. Congratulations to everyone who helped to create this special day!
Additionally, we have plans to develop and work on something of our own. Similar to how Lauren Burns ’20 created her play packs to help with child literacy, we have aims to help with our own project. More details to come.
All in all, it was a great year with a great team, and we hope to see more faces and more projects in the fall. See you then! Thank you for a great year!