OTTAWA, March 8, 2014 /CNW/ - The following is a statement by the
Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of
Status of Women, on the occasion of International Women's Day, on March
International Women's Week is a time to celebrate women of all ages and
to honour their invaluable contributions to our families, our
communities, and our country.
March 8th is International Women's Day. Each year, this commemoration provides
Canadians with the opportunity to celebrate women's achievements. It is
a time to celebrate women's extraordinary potential and look toward a
more equitable future for women across the country, and around the
Canada's theme for International Women's Week 2014 is: "Strong Women.
Strong Canada. Canadian Women - Creating Jobs One Business at a time."
This theme recognizes the important role of women entrepreneurs and
business leaders in the Canadian economy. In fact, in 2011 women-owned
businesses contributed an estimated $148 billion to the Canadian
economy, and women-owned businesses currently employ over 1.5 million
Women business owners are crucial to the well-being and prosperity of
communities throughout Canada. They create jobs, drive growth, and
spark innovation, all of which increase Canada's competitiveness in
world markets. Economic Action Plan 2014 includes a commitment to
increase mentorship among women business owners. I am leading this
initiative, and will be consulting on how to increase the number of
women entering into, and succeeding in, business. This effort
complements the work being done by many federal departments to support
small business and entrepreneurs - including women entrepreneurs-
across the country.
This International Women's Day, I invite all Canadians to join us in
acknowledging the outstanding contributions of women, including
business leaders and entrepreneurs, who support their families, enrich
their communities, and contribute to making Canada a great place in
which to live.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
For further information:
For media inquiries only:
Director of Communications
Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C., O.Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women
For all other inquiries:
Director General, Communications and Public Affairs
Status of Women Canada