Government of Canada announces theme and unveils poster for International Women's Day/Week



    OTTAWA, Feb. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Helena Guergis, Minister of
State (Status of Women), today announced the theme Strong Leadership. Strong
Women. Strong World = Equality for March 8, International Women's Day (IWD)
and International Women's Week (IWW), which runs this year from March 2 to 8,
and unveiled the poster celebrating IWD/IWW.
    "The theme Strong Leadership. Strong Women. Strong World = Equality is
beautifully conveyed in the IWD/IWW poster, reflecting our Government's firm
belief that increasing women's participation and access to leadership roles
and opportunities will help women and girls thrive, reach their full potential
and fulfill their dreams," said Minister Guergis. "To build a more prosperous
Canada, we need the contributions of all Canadians - women and men, girls and
boys alike."
    Each year during IWD/IWW, Canadians celebrate progress toward equality
for women and their full participation, reflect on the current challenges and
consider future steps in achieving equality for all women, in all aspects of
their lives.
    "For Canadians, equality means women and men sharing in the
responsibilities and obligations, as well as in the opportunities and rewards,
of life and work," Minister Guergis added. "In Canada, leadership is key
across society - from the private sector, to governments, to the general
public - for people of all origins, generations and backgrounds to participate
fully in our country's economic, social and democratic life, and ultimately,
in improving the state of the world."
    For further information on International Women's Day and International
Women's Week , and to order a poster, visit the website of Status of Women
Canada at http://www.iwd.gc.ca.

    Status of Women Canada is a federal government agency working to promote
the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of
Canada.

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For further information:

For further information: Nanci Bishay, Senior Special Assistant,
Communications, Office of the Minister of State (Status of Women), (819)
956-4000; Nanci-Jean Waugh, Director General, Communications and Strategic
Planning, Status of Women Canada, (613) 995-7839; For news releases and
information on Status of Women Canada, go to http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.


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