March 8, 2017 – OTTAWA, ONTARIO
On behalf of Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, Doug Eyolfson, Member of Parliament for Charleswood – St. James – Assiniboia – Headingley, today invited Canadians to join the movement for gender equality in honour of International Women’s Day.
Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is Equality Matters, which highlights the benefits of gender equality for all Canadians by recognizing that the world needs the talents of everyone – women, men, girls and boys – to reach its full potential. Gender stereotypes and discrimination hold everyone back.
The Government of Canada is calling on all Canadians to get online and tell the world why equality matters to them using the hashtag #EqualityMatters. They can also help to break stereotypes and challenge assumptions by sharing a series of mythbusting infobites on their social media accounts. Additionally, Canadians are encouraged to tag the people in their lives who inspire them to keep working to advance gender equality.
As Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation, taking a stand for gender equality is especially important. Just like International Women’s Day, Canada 150 is an important opportunity for all of us to come together and recognize women’s achievements in our communities, our nation, and around the world. But this day is also about taking the time to reflect on the work that we still need to do to achieve gender equality.
- March 8 is International Women’s Day — a time to take stock of our progress towards gender equality and to honour the contributions women have made, and continue to make, in Canada and around the world.
- In 2017, Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day is Equality Matters.
- Canadians can celebrate International Women’s Day and join the movement for gender equality on social media using the hashtag #EqualityMatters. They can challenge assumptions about gender equality with our mythbusters, and they are encouraged to tag the people in their lives who inspire them to work for gender equality.
“All around the world, women and men, girls and boys are recognizing that gender equality doesn’t happen on its own. We must all play a part in challenging sexist attitudes and behaviours that hold everyone back. This International Women’s Day, the Government of Canada is inviting all Canadians to stand up for gender equality – whether it’s online, at work or at home. Equality matters because every person deserves the chance to share their talents with the world.”
Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Status of Women
“Gender equality matters here in Winnipeg and Headingley, as well as across Canada, not just on International Women’s Day, but every day. When all of our citizens have the opportunity to contribute, everyone benefits from their insights, their energy and their skills. Our diversity has always been and will continue to be our strength — in 2017 and for many years to come.”
Member of Parliament for Charleswood – St. James – Assiniboia – Headingley
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