June 13, 2014 6:59 pm

Unique Canadian project pays tributes to dads

MONTREAL – Fathers Empowering Daughters is a Canadian campaign that is going viral. The website features a collection of short videos of fathers and daughters discussing the role each dad has played in his little girl’s life.

The campaign features prominent Canadians, including Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau, but also the likes of Chelsea Clinton and Ziauddin Yousafzai, Malala’s father.

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It was launched by G(irls) 20, an organization that fights for the political and economic empowerment of women everywhere. Organizers said this specific campaign, however, was meant to give men a voice.

“We’ve got fantastic fathers who want to be a part of moving their daughters forward,” said G(irls) 20 Founder Farah Mohamed, “so let’s try to figure out a fun way to do that, let’s figure out how to do that globally – and here we are.”

The campaign also featured Montrealers, including up-and-coming jazz singer Nikki Yanofsky, who in the video can be seen chatting with Quincy Jones.

Global Montreal decided to ask other successful women how their fathers have helped them do so well.

“My dad taught me how to shoot for the stars, and if you ever miss, you’ll fall among the stars,” said Isabelle Hudon, president of SunLife Financial Quebec.

“My father’s big thing was integrity,” said Karen Marks, former mayor of Westmount, “and certainly in politics, it was what guided me.”

These daughters all agreed that fathers deserve to be recognized.

“Fathers play different roles at different times,” said Mohamed, “they can be your mentor, they can be your friend, they can be the person who guides you through all the tough decisions.”

“There’s a special bond between fathers and daughters,” she added.

“They should remember that they have a very, very, very special role – especially with their daughters,” said a smiling Hudon.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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