Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on International Women’s Day

Ottawa, Ontario
8 March 2016

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the occasion of International Women’s Day:

“On this special day, we celebrate the many achievements of women in Canada – and around the world – and we reaffirm our commitment to gender equality.

“While we have made enormous progress towards equality over the years, we know that we still have a lot of hard work to do. Far too many women and girls continue to face injustices and discrimination.

It is unacceptable that in 2016, women are still denied an education, forced into an early marriage, or made victims of gender-based violence. As leaders, as parents, as community members, upholding women’s rights should be – and must be – a priority for us all.

“Canada’s theme for this year‘s International Women’s Day – Women’s Empowerment Leads to Equality – reminds us that we all benefit when women and girls have the opportunities and the resources they need to succeed.

“We remain committed to advancing gender equality, so that Canada can become a country where all women and girls can reach their full potential.

“Today, I encourage all Canadians to join me in celebrating International Women’s Day. I also urge you to take part in the Government of Canada #YouAreEmpowerment campaign to honour a woman who has inspired you.”