Message from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, on the occasion of International Women's Day March 8, 2007, from Afghanistan

    OTTAWA, March 8 /CNW Telbec/ -

    "I decided long ago that I would come to Afghanistan on this day in
    particular, the day we celebrate International Women's Day.

    It is my way of showing the entire world how much I admire the infinite
    patience, heroic courage and strong resistance of Afghan women.

    I came to applaud all the efforts Afghan women are making to take control
    of their lives and their country's destiny.

    I came to tell them that they are no longer alone and that we find the
    hand they were dealt-and unfortunately must continue to

    I came on your behalf to listen to Afghan women as they tell me about
    their needs and aspirations.

    Every step they take to shelter their families from fratricidal conflict
    is a victory for humanity.

    We will continue to openly support them on the road towards full
    recognition of their rights.

    That is what March 8, International Women's Day, means to us this year,
    from Kabul."

                                                              Michaelle Jean

For further information:

For further information: Media information: Marilyne Guèvremont, Rideau
Hall Press Office, (613) 998-7280; Isabelle Serrurier, Rideau Hall Press
Officer, (613) 998-0287

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