International Ice Hockey Federation Celebrates Girls in Hockey
OTTAWA, Oct. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, today congratulated the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and Hockey Canada for their events to recognize World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend, October 13-14—just days after the first-ever International Day of the Girl on October 11.
"I am pleased that the International Ice Hockey Federation is encouraging girls and young women to get involved in hockey," said Minister Ambrose. "Hockey provides players with essential skills in leadership, teamwork, community involvement and physical literacy. With these skills, girls and young women can become strong leaders and motivators of change in their families and their communities."
"I applaud the International Ice Hockey Federation for encouraging girls all over the world to participate in hockey," said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). "Canada is a strong supporter of women's hockey. Having hosted the first World's Women Ice Hockey Championship in 1990, we know the game itself benefits when girls and young women have equal access to this nationally loved sport."
The International Day of the Girl, which took place for the first time on October 11, promotes equal treatment and opportunities for girls around the world in areas such as law, nutrition, health care, education, training, and freedom from violence and abuse. Throughout the world, girls face higher rates of violence, poverty and discrimination. International Day of the Girl focuses on empowering girls to reach their full potential and to overcome gender-based barriers.
On December 19, 2011, the UN General Assembly formally adopted the resolution designating the International Day of the Girl.
October is Women's History Month in Canada. In honour of the first-ever International Day of the Girl, the theme for Women's History Month is "Strong Girls, Strong Canada: Leaders from the Start." For information on International Day of the Girl and Women's History Month 2012, go to www.women.gc.ca.
Ce texte est également disponible en français.
For news releases and information on Status of Women Canada, go to women.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Status of Women CanadaFor further information:
For media inquiries only:
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
For all other inquiries, contact:
Director General, Communications
and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada