Strengthening girls’ and young women’s economic prosperity

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Strengthening girls’ and young women’s economic prosperity

March 28, 2013

The Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC) is pleased to announce approval of funding for our new project, “Strengthening girls’ and young women’s economic prosperity”. This girl-led project will take place various cities across Canada, focusing on Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Deafened and hard of hearing women aged 13 to 25.

The main objectives of this project are:
To develop the capacity of girls and young women to identify and respond to specific barriers to the fulfillment of their economic potential in Canada.

Participants and community partners have increased understanding of issues relating to the specific barriers preventing girls and young women from reaching their economic potential.

To have more girls and young women actively engaged and taking on leadership roles to address economic issues in their communities.

Stakeholders take specific actions to overcome barriers to girls and young women’s fulfillment of economic potential. This project will create tools for use at the local level in order to engage and educate young women about economic prosperity. This will be done by matching participants to female role models; helping participants explore different options for gaining skills and experience relating to economic development and stability; organizing field trips; and supporting the girls to lead workshops on relevant topics. Deaf women will be involved directly in this project through the Local Working Groups, which will be established in at least four participating cities. These Local Working Groups will be composed of girls/young women and partners/stakeholders and will be led by young women under the mentorship of experienced older women. Throughout the project, the Local Working Groups will apply what has been learned to the delivery of girl-led, action-oriented and community-based projects.

We gratefully acknowledge that financial assistance for this project was provided by the Women’s Program, Status of Women Canada.

For more information please contact Robyn Mackie at