|Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement to mark International Women’s Day: |
“Today, we celebrate the many achievements of women in Canada and around the world, and reaffirm our commitment to gender equality.
“This year, we celebrate the contributions of women entrepreneurs. Canada’s theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is Strong Women. Strong Canada. Canadian Women – Creating Jobs One Business at a Time. This theme highlights the important role that women entrepreneurs play in driving growth, creating jobs, and fostering innovation in the Canadian economy.
“Our Government is taking action to support women’s economic security and prosperity, including by supporting measures to increase the participation of women on public and private corporate boards, as well as promoting leadership projects and mentorship for young women entrepreneurs.
“We are also investing significantly in projects to end violence against women and girls. This includes taking action to prevent cyber and sexual violence, and addressing the issue of violence against women and girls committed in the name of so-called ‘honour.’
“Internationally, Canada is a recognized global leader in promoting the health of women and children in developing countries and in reducing the unacceptable mortality rates faced each year by these vulnerable populations. We are also taking a leadership role in supporting women who continue to struggle for equality. This includes increasing girls' access to quality education and working to protect women and children from violence and abuse by prioritizing the elimination of child, early and forced marriage.
“On this day, I encourage all Canadians to join me in celebrating International Women’s Day.”
PMO Press Office 3/8/2014