Canada can be a leader in women’s issues

We are two high school girls from Rossland, who are taking action to raise awareness of the exploitation of young females.

We are two high school girls from Rossland, who are taking action to raise awareness of the exploitation of young females.

We were devastated to learn that girls, our age and younger, are being used as human slaves in Canada, and around the world. These girls are being deprived of their childhood and robbed of their right to education.

We are thankful to have the rights we do as women in Canada and believe that these rights should be shared globally.

Education can make a difference in the lives of these young girls so we want to raise awareness of this issue.

Canada has the ability to be a leader in finding a solution to this horrific problem.

We propose that the government set a reasonable goal to reduce the numbers of people participating in this practice, and do so by setting stricter punishments and accountability structures.

Their goal must incline measurable targets and time lines as well as a budget to allow the coordination of activities within and across the government structures.

We believe that this issue should take precedence and needs to be acknowledged by not only our MPs but also Canadian citizens.

Steps need to be taken to improve the lives of these young females. The innocence of these girls is stolen, their lives are endangered, and their futures are hopeless, unless we help.

The government needs to take action to improve this tragic situation.

Jaala Derochie and Jessica Britton

Rossland