STRONG WOMEN, STRONG CANADA -
Women in Rural, Remote and Northern Communities: Key to Canada's
OTTAWA, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women,
today announced the theme for International Women's Week which runs
this year from March 4th to 10th, and includes International Women's Day on March 8th.
"Our Government is committed to sustaining Canada's position as one of
the world's top-performing economies. Women are important to that
success story," said Minister Ambrose. "In every region of Canada,
women - particularly, in rural, remote and Northern communities - play
important roles in their families and communities, and are key to
Canada's economic prosperity."
Each year during International Women's Week, Canadians celebrate and
reflect on women's participation and leadership in Canada and around
the world. This year's theme will focus on the vital role of women in
Canada's rural, remote and northern communities.
"Through targeted action, the Government of Canada supports the economic
security and prosperity of women and girls in rural and remote
communities, works to advance their leadership opportunities and forges
ahead on ending violence against women," said Minister Ambrose.
International Women's Day was marked for the first time in 1911 in
Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. In 1977, the United Nations
General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on member states to
proclaim a day for women's rights and international peace.
For further information on International Women's Day and International
Women's Week, visit the Status of Women Canada web site at http://www.iwd.gc.ca.
SOURCE Status of Women Canada
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