FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE #GirlsToo Art Exhibit to be displayed at Mac Island

Fort McMurray (November 22, 2019)— One in four girls will experience sexual violence before she turns 18.

Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta is proud to present an art exhibit with over 60 pieces made by girls during our #GirlsToo program that was facilitated at Greely Road School, Walter and Gladys Hill Elementary, Thickwood Heights School, St.Paul School, St. Kateri School and Sister Mary Phillips Elementary.

The #GirlsToo program is working to create a cultural shift towards supporting survivors, breaking the silence around sexual violence and providing education about consent, gender equality and healthy relationships. The art component is included as a way to have the girls express what they learned over the six sessions.

From November 25th to December 10th the art work will be on display on the second level of Mac Island before you enter the gym. These specific dates were chosen as they coincide with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

“We are so excited and proud to lead this movement and share our girls’ incredible work. #GirlsToo is one of the newest additions to our programming, with a hope to use ‘arts’ as a healing, inspiring and empowering tool to digest, explore and express each girl’s learning journey through their own colors, shades, shapes, designs and so on. May more girls be strong, smart and bold!” said Nanase Tonda, Executive Director, Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta.

The art work is free to view during Mac Island operating hours.

Learn more about the #GirlsToo program here.

About Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta

Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy. Our comprehensive approach to whole girl development equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. These positive outcomes are achieved through three core elements: people – trained staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships; environment – girls-only, physically and emotionally safe, where there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and mutual respect; and programming – research-based, hands-on and minds-on, age-appropriate, meeting the needs of today’s girls. Informed by girls and their families, we also advocate for legislation and policies to increase opportunities for all girls.

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