Vancouver landmarks lit up pink for International Day of the Girl (PHOTOS)

Oct 12 2016, 4:23 pm

If you noticed Vancouver was glowing in pink last night, you weren’t alone.

Yesterday was International Day of the Girl, and Vancouver landmarks lit up pink to celebrate and draw attention to the cause.

International Day of the Girl is an initiative by the UN that aims to bring to light the challenges young women around the world face, from discrimination, to violence, to a lack of equal opportunities.

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The theme this year was “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement,” which is a call to action to collect and analyze more girl-focused data.

Some of the data we already have is grim: one in three girls in developing nations get married before the age of 18. Beyond that, girls who marry that early are more vulnerable to physical and sexual violence.

Canada fairs pretty well on a list of the world’s best countries for girls – we nabbed the 19th spot overall – but we still have a ways to go before our ranking increases.

BC Place, Science World, and the Olympic cauldron at Jack Poole Plaza all glowed pink to support the cause.

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