October 11th recognizes the importance of girls’ rights globally, and Toronto was among several cities worldwide celebrating the “International Day of the Girl.”

Canadian Olympic gold medalist Jennifer Heil and Quebec television host Sophie Gregoire Trudeau were in Toronto to support the campaign.

“Seventy-five million girls across the world are not attending school…and that’s a higher percentage compared to boys,” Trudeau said.

Both Heil and Trudeau are ambassadors for the “Because I am A Girl” campaign, which helps to provide primary and secondary school education for girls around the world.

In Toronto, there was a celebration at Yonge-Dundas Square that wrapped up at 7 p.m.

In addition, the CN Tower was lit up in pink at 7:15 p.m.

“I know firsthand how support is needed to achieve one’s full potential. As a Canadian woman who had endless opportunities, I was able to have a dream and make it reality,” Heil told iVillage.ca.

The goals of the campaign are to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls out of poverty by addressing discrimination and other barriers young girls face.

Other monuments around the world, including the Empire State Building, the London Eye, Berlin’s Sony Centre and both the Purana Qila and Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi, were to be lit up in pink.