A new children’s book co-written by Rona Ambrose, former Canadian interim Conservative leader, celebrates International Day of the Girl – something she help to found. The purpose is to fight for gender equality worldwide. Ambrose affirms the importance of teaching kids about the topic.
“If kids learn what it means to be equal, to treat other people with equality, they’ll
grow up not having these kinds of assumptions, these kinds of biases and stereotypes, and hopefully treat one another in a way that creates more gender equality.”
The other co-author of The International Day of the Girl: Celebrating Girls Around the World is Jessica Dee Humphreys. A portion of the proceeds from the book will go to Plan International Canada.
Before she ended her stint in Parliament, Ambrose proposed a bill requiring judges to take sexual assault law training. If it passes the Senate, although now stalled, she will certainly make her mark.
Ambrose states that the book is important because we all talk about gender equality, we hear politicians talk about it, we talk about it boardrooms, but we need to talk to our kids about it.
“We talk in the book about illiteracy, we talk about being stuck in a refugee
camp, we talk about gender violence, we talk about early childhood marriage,”
Of note, the portion of the book discussing her own country looks at the importance of school by looking at a true story of Canada’s neglect of Indigenous communities. The heroine from Attawapiskat First Nation rallies kids from across the country to write letters to the government.
“We’ve highlighted her story so kids around the world will know that Canadians think of these issues. And we need to remind Canadians that we have these issues right here.”
Education and awareness is vital in this day and age for Ambrose.
“One in three women will experience sexual violence in Canada, but only
one in ten will ever report it… they say they have no faith in the court system,”
It is sad that women “don’t believe they’ll be treated fairly.” She said that stereotypes and biases can creep into courtrooms.
“We need education, and it has to start at the top, with judges.”