“We have come so far for girls education and gender equality, I’m not saying we’re not doing anything or nothing has changed, I just think there needs to be more done. We need to keep breaking through the barrier of people thinking that gender equality doesn’t matter, or not even knowing what gender equality means.”
Cassandra Penner is using her voice to promote girls’ education.
Cassandra is a student enrolled at Brandon University, pursuing a degree in education. Originally from Morris, Manitoba, she is a passionate advocate for girls’ education and believes everyone should have the opportunity to go to school.
Growing up in a rural area, Cassandra felt that her community could sometimes be disconnected from global issues like girls’ education. While still in high school, she took it upon herself to make students at her school more aware of the obstacles that often prevent women and girls around the world from attending school. Cassandra hosted an assembly at her school and raised funds for the Malala Fund, which supports girls’ education projects in vulnerable communities around the world.
In 2017, Cassandra received an Outstanding Take Action Project Award from the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation for her work.