KELOWNA, BC, Oct. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch,
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, along with the
Honourable Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country,
and Alaina Podmorow, founder of Little Women for Little Women in Afghanistan, today gathered with students at Aberdeen Hall Preparatory School to
send a message of support for International Day of the Girl celebrations on Friday, October 11, 2013.
"Throughout our history, generations of Canadian girls have been leaders
and role models whose accomplishments have positively impacted
Canadians and people around the world," said Minister Leitch. "I hope
girls here in Kelowna, and throughout the country, will be inspired by
the International Day of the Girl, and feel empowered to succeed in all aspects of Canada's social,
economic and democratic life."
Minister Leitch asked the students at Aberdeen Hall to help her bring
greetings to girls and young women around the world by signing a
statement of support that she will take to International Day of the Girl celebrations at the United Nations in New York later this week.
"Girls and young women play a crucial role in the social and economic
health of our nation," said Mr. Cannan. "As a father of three
daughters, I know first-hand that providing girls and young women with
opportunities to flourish will help build strong communities and a
Alaina Podmorow was the Government of Canada's Honourary Youth
Ambassador at the United Nations (UN) last year. She shared the
inspirational story of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in
2012 on her way home from school in Pakistan.
"Malala is a testament of strength and courage for girls worldwide,"
said Ms. Podmorow. "It is my hope that by sharing her story, Canadians
will be inspired to take action to improve the life of girls and young
On March 24, 2011, the House of Commons gave its unanimous support for
Canada to lead a campaign at the United Nations for designating an
International Day of the Girl. Canada led the international community
for this initiative, which was formally adopted by the UN General
Assembly on December 19, 2011. The first International Day of the Girl was commemorated across the world in 2012.
Canadians are encouraged to participate in International Day of the Girl celebrations during Women's History Month in Canada, and send an e-postcard to celebrate girls and young women in their communities. For more
information, visit www.dayofthegirl.gc.ca.
Women's History Month
Since 1992, the Government of Canada has designated October as Women's History Month to celebrate the contributions of women, past and present, who have
helped shape our nation.
The theme for Women's History Month 2013 is Canadian Women Pioneers: Inspiring Change Through Ongoing Leadership. Throughout the month of October, the Government of Canada will
highlight women's participation and leadership in various fields,
including science and technology, engineering and trades, business and
entrepreneurs, natural resources, medicine and medical research.
International Day of the Girl
International Day of the Girl is celebrated each year on October 11th, and in Canada, this day also forms part of the Government of Canada's
celebrations for Women's History Month.
International Day of the Girl promotes equal treatment, and freedom from violence and abuse, for
girls around the world. It also promotes equal opportunities for girls
worldwide in areas such as law, nutrition, health care, and education.
Persons Day is celebrated annually on October 18th, during Women's History Month. This day marks a pivotal moment in
Canadian history when, on October 18, 1929, women were first included
in the legal definition of "persons" in Canada. It was a turning point
in the quest for equal rights.
The Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case were created in 1979 to mark the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Persons Case, which changed the course of history for women in Canada. Each year,
five recipients are chosen from across Canada. Two are from the youth
category (15 to 30 years of age). Recipients of these Awards continue
the tradition of courage, integrity and hard work that the Famous Five of the Persons Case inspired.
Facts and Statistics for Women's History Month 2013
Since 1991, women have represented a majority of university graduates in
Canada. Of the 242,000 university students who graduated in 2007, 61%
There has been steady growth in labour force participation among women
with young children. In 2009, 64.4% of women with children under the
age of 3 were employed, more than double the proportion of 27.6% in
Women represent 47.5% of the Canadian workforce, yet remain
under-represented in sectors such as the skilled trades and science and
In 2012, women held just 11.8% of construction jobs, 19% of forestry,
fishing, mining, oil and gas jobs, and 30.5% of agricultural jobs.
In the information technology professions, women maintained the same 25%
of jobs from 2000 to 2010, despite increasing demands for these skills.
In 2007, despite representing 3.0% of enrolments in the electrical,
electronic and related trades, only 1.5% of all graduates from these
programs were women.
In 2009, women made up only 2.2% of registered apprenticeship
completions in the building construction, electrical, industrial and
mechanical, metal fabrication, and motor vehicle and heavy equipment
trades; and only 6.9% overall working in trades, transport, equipment
operations and related occupations - representing the largest
currently-untapped human resource to meet these occupational needs.
For more information on Women's History Month and commemorative dates,
please visit women.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C.,
O. Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of
Status of Women Tel: 819-953-5646
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Status of Women Canada
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