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Liberal Statement on International Women’s Day

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Liberal Statement on International Women’s Day

Posted on March 8, 2013

OTTAWA– Liberal Status of Women critic Judy Sgro made the following statement today on International Women’s Day:

“On International Women’s Day, Canadians join in a global celebration of women’s fundamental human rights. We take this opportunity to celebrate the many substantial advances women have achieved politically, socially and economically, and acknowledge the struggle undertaken to secure these rights.

On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary Caucus, I reaffirm our commitment to advocate for the full and substantive equality of all women and girls, both here in Canada and around the world.”

Chair of the Liberal Women’s Caucus, Dr. Carolyn Bennett, continued:

“While in Canada women have achieved notable success in advancing equality rights, there is still much more to be done. It is a sad reality that so many women’s voices are still ignored, especially Indigenous women, those facing economic hardship or women in remote areas. Furthermore, this Conservative government has continued to undermine gender equality, from backdoor attempts to reopen the abortion debate to cancelling universal childcare and defunding women’s groups.

As this year’s theme suggests, we must work together to engage men to end violence against women. Today and every day, Liberals stand with all those speaking out to make our country a safer place for all.”

Vice-Chair of the Liberal Women’s Caucus, Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette, concluded:

“International Women’s Day serves as a call to Canadians and citizens around the world to keep striving for gender equality, notably when it comes to the participation of women in political and corporate governance. I support women in these leadership roles as it provides them with the opportunity to bring attention to women’s issues, to fight for women’s rights, and to be an inspiration to all women in Canada and abroad. The strength of any society worldwide is dependent on the full participation and advancement of women in the economy and government.”

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