Brescia shines light on gender discrimination at sixth annual International Day of the Girl celebration

October 17, 2017

London, ON – International Day of the Girl will be celebrated at Brescia University College on October 18th, bringing almost 100 local high school students to campus for the annual half-day event. The day, designed to raise awareness about the challenges and opportunities that girls and young women around the world face, will feature artistic performances by students from the Nancy Campbell Worldcit Academy in Stratford and will also include interactive group sessions facilitated by Brescia’s Community Development students.

Students from the Nancy Campbell Worldcit Academy World Citizenship class will join members of the 1nes Project to provide the opening artistic presentation. The 1nes Project is an after-school program at the Nancy Campbell Worldcit Academy, which strives to use the Arts as a tool to raise awareness about important issues confronting today’s youth and inspire positive personal and social action in our communities. The performers will also participate in the small group discussions.

Students from the Thames Valley District School Board and London District Catholic School Board will be hosted at Brescia in the St. James Auditorium from 9:00 a.m. through 11:15 a.m. The event is designed to actively engage students in small group discussions, exploring the topics of discrimination and privilege.

The United Nations declared October 11th, 2012 as the world’s first International Day of the Girl. Now in its sixth year, International Day of the Girl shines a light on gender discrimination and the challenges girls face to reach their full potential, reminding us that there is still much work to do if we want to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of worldwide gender equality by 2030.


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Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. Opening remarks
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Performances by Nancy Campbell Students
10:15 -11:15 a.m. Small Group Discussions
Location: Brescia University College, St. James Building Auditorium

 For more information, please contact:

Colleen Aguilar, Director, Communications & External Relations at 519-432-8353, ext. 28293 or at, or Caitlin Core, Communications, Marketing & External Relations Officer at 519-432-8353, ext. 28280 or at

Brescia University College, Canada’s women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,500 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in the Schools of Behavioural & Social Sciences, Food & Nutritional Sciences, Humanities and Leadership & Social Change in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic University College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity.