NEW YORK CITY, Oct. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - During an address to the United
Nations Third Committee on the Advancement of Women, the Honourable Dr.
K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women,
made it clear that the promotion and protection of women's and girls'
human rights are central to Canada's domestic, foreign and development
assistance policy. Minister Leitch was in New York to mark the second
annual International Day of the Girl.
"Canada's support for the rights and issues of women and girls is
unwavering," said Minister Leitch. "Canada does not shy away from
tough conversations about the importance of the full and equal
participation of women and girls in all aspects of social, economic and
political life, the elimination of violence against women and girls, or
their economic independence and political empowerment. This is because
Canadians know that all of these factors contribute to a more stable,
democratic and economically prosperous world."
Canada is a strong supporter of the six UN Security Council Resolutions
on women, peace and security, including the importance of full
participation of women in all decision-making processes, peace
processes and all aspects of conflict resolution. The Government is
equally committed to the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence
and the protection of women's and girls' rights in fragile and
conflict-affected communities. Sexual and gender-based violence is a
violation of the rights of both women and girls, and a barrier to peace
and development. To this end, Canada has provided over $13 million
since 2012 in support toward ending sexual violence and encouraging the
full participation of women in emerging democracies.
In addition, last month at the United Nations, Prime Minister Stephen
Harper announced over $200 million in support for nine projects around
the globe. These cover a range of issues that will improve the health
of mothers and children, and will strengthen immunization efforts in
"The tragedy is that many women and children in developing countries are
victims of disease, poor nutrition and inadequate care," said Minister
Leitch. "As a Doctor and Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, I know that
these are often entirely preventable situations and improving child and
maternal health is a flagship priority for Canada."
Canada continues to work domestically on promoting and protecting the
rights of all women. The Government has worked to prevent violence
against women in all communities, on engaging men and boys in these
efforts, and on addressing sexual violence at colleges and
universities. Since 2007, Status of Women Canada has provided more than
$62 million for projects to prevent and end violence against women and
girls. The Government of Canada continues to work in partnership with
stakeholders at the local level to increase the economic security of
women and girls in communities across Canada, including increasing
women's representation in the skilled trades, entrepreneurship and
other non-traditional occupations.
"Our Government is focused on engaging girls and young women in
leadership roles, creating jobs and supporting economic prosperity,"
said Minister Leitch. "By supporting and encouraging more girls and
young women to consider a career in the skilled trades, engineering or
small business, we can close the skills gap that Canada and much of the
industrialized world are currently facing."
International Day of the Girl takes place each year on October 11th.
This day promotes equal treatment and opportunities for girls around
the world in areas such as law, nutrition, health care, education,
training, and freedom from violence and abuse. It is celebrated during
Women's History Month in October. The theme for Women's History Month
2013 is Canadian Women Pioneers: Inspiring Change Through Ongoing
Leadership. Throughout October, the Government of Canada is
highlighting Canadian women as pioneers in many fields of endeavour.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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Status of Women Canada
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