The Edmonton Journal reported today that 91,000 children’s prayers were presented at the Alberta legislature in protest of child poverty in the province. Carolyn Pogue, author of the Gwen series, helped organize the event. She said the paper dolls were like prayers; each one representing an Alberta child living in poverty.
Carolyn’s passionate activism is part of her ongoing advocacy for the rights of children. Gwen’s character reflects the hope and resilience of children living in poverty, but it also depicts the hazardous conditions that children lived in in Canada and England at the turn of the twentieth century. We have recently prepared a bookmark to commemorate the Rights of the Child, which links Gwen’s experience and what she ought to have been protected from, way back in 1898, to the conditions that children still need protection from today. Check it out below: