OTTAWA, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada announced today that a
Canadian delegation will attend the fifty-fifth session of the
Commission on the Status of Women at United Nations Headquarters. The
Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister for Status of Women will attend,
along with the delegation, and discuss Canada's perspective that women
and girls be treated equally and respectfully, that they have equal
access to opportunities including work and education, and that they
live free from all types of violence.
Minister Ambrose will use the opportunity to highlight the need to end
all forms of violence against women and girls, including honour
"It is a privilege to take part in the 55th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, as the
Government of Canada is steadfast in our support for the prosperity,
freedom and security of women and girls," said Minister Ambrose.
"Canadians believe that everyone should live free from violence and
abuse, and we believe that honour motivated violence against women and
girls must come to an end."
This year, Member States will address the priority theme, Access and participation of women and girls in education, training,
science and technology, including for the promotion of women's equal
access to full employment and decent work. The review theme is the elimination of all forms of discrimination against the girl child.
In addition to Minister Ambrose as Head of Delegation, the Canadian
delegation to the UNCSW this year is composed of representatives of the
Government of Canada, three provinces (Manitoba, Quebec and Prince
Edward Island), as well as the following representatives from four
non-governmental organizations: Ms. Rosemary McCarney, President and
CEO of Plan International Canada; Mr. Todd D. Minerson, Executive
Director of the White Ribbon Campaign; Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour,
President of WinSETT (Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and
Technology); and Ms. Madeliene Tarasick, President of Canadian Women for Women in
"We believe in women and girls overcoming barriers and soaring to new
heights. To underscore this commitment, Canada's theme for
International Women's Day this year will be Girls Rights Matter," added Minister Ambrose.
The UNCSW, a commission of the United Nations Economic and Social
Council, is dedicated to gender equality and advancement of women, and
is the principal global policy-making body.
The Commission brings together representatives of Member States at UN
Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality,
identify challenges, set global standards, and formulate concrete
policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.
The meeting of the Commission is held each year over a period of 10
days, normally scheduled in late February-early March. Canada has
participated in the UNCSW since its creation in 1947, and is a key
leader in the work of advancing gender equality.
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SOURCE Status of Women Canada
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|Rebecca Thompson |
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
Director General, Communications and
Status of Women Canada