8 March 2011
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the occasion of International Women’s Day:
"Our Government is proud to join Canadians in observing the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a worldwide celebration of women and their outstanding achievements.
"This year’s theme, Girls’ Rights Matter, embodies cherished Canadian values, such as equality and opportunity, and serves to empower girls and young women to achieve success.
"Here at home, we are taking action to tackle issues of violence and economic security facing women and girls. We have introduced tougher laws, invested in shelters, strengthened victim support and awareness programs, and increased funding to women’s programs.
"Elsewhere in the world, however, many girls still face conditions of extreme injustice and violence, which make it impossible for them to participate fully in society and benefit from the opportunities to which they are entitled.
"Canada has been instrumental in promoting equal access to education for girls in Afghanistan, and at last summer’s G-8 summit, our Government championed the Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, which aims to reduce the mortality rates of mothers and children in the developing world.
"Our Government remains steadfast in our commitment to improve the lives of women and girls at home and around the world. On International Women’s Day 2011, I encourage all Canadians to reflect on the many valuable contributions of women and girls to our extraordinary country and the global community."