OTTAWA, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - Today the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women
announced Canada's unique theme for the 2011 International Women's Day
on March 8 and International Women's Week from March 6-12.
Canada's theme, Girls' Rights Matter / Les droits des filles comptent, supports the development, prosperity and security of girls in Canada and
around the world. It will be celebrated in conjunction with the United
Nation's international theme: Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway
to decent work for women.
"This year we want to commend and support all women and girls in Canada
and around the world, and recognize their contribution to prosperous,
healthy and civil societies," said Minister Ambrose. "A girl who
enjoys equality has a greater likelihood of being self-confident and
aware of her own potential, and of being empowered to access the
education, training and career opportunities that will contribute to
her success in life."
International Women's Day and International Women's Week promote an
understanding of the challenges facing women and girls. Each year
Canadians celebrate progress toward equality for women and their full
participation, reflect on the current challenges and consider future
In 1911, International Women's Day was marked for the first time 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. Canada then
chose March 8 as International Women's Day.
For further information on International Women's Day and International
Women's Week, visit the website of Status of Women Canada at http://www.iwd.gc.ca.
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SOURCE Status of Women Canada
For further information:
|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