TORONTO, March 8, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women invited all Canadians to celebrate International Women's Day at a gathering of women leaders in Toronto.
"The Canadian economy benefits as a whole when all women from each region of the country are economically secure," said Minister Ambrose. "That is why, on this important day, we recognize the critical role that women continue to play in our nation's prosperity."
Canada recognizes that women's economic empowerment is essential to our country's prosperity. This year's theme for International Women's Day is Strong Women, Strong Canada: Women in Rural, Remote and Northern Communities: Key to Canada's Economic Prosperity.
International Women's Day was marked for the first time in 1911 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. Around the world, this day celebrates women's achievements past, present and future.
For further information on International Women's Day and International Women's Week, visit the Status of Women Canada web site at http://www.iwd.gc.ca.
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