National Committee wraps up final meeting at Women Deliver 2019 Conference

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Minister Monsef, as committee chair, thanks members for their mobilization efforts to advance gender equality in Canada

June 5, 2019 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Global Affairs Canada

Standing up for and advancing gender equality is a top priority for the Government of Canada because it is essential to growing the middle class, strengthening the economy and building a healthier, more secure future in Canada and around the world. Achieving gender equality requires tapping into the power that all Canadians share together. Partnering with a broad range of leaders, stakeholders and communities is key so that no one is left behind.

On March 4, 2019, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, launched a national committee of 16 Canadian influencers committed to gender equality. Their role was to mobilize Canadians on gender equality, diversity and inclusion in the lead-up to the Women Deliver 2019 Conference.

Committee members have raised awareness about the significance of gender equality through their networks and communities and engaged Canadians from coast to coast to coast through their participation in more than 20 activities and events to push for a more equal, more inclusive society. Their efforts were amplified through a range of partnerships, including with Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada, a network of organizations working across the country to advocate for gender equality.

In their final meeting yesterday, members of the committee, together with Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada representatives, and joined by Katja Iversen, President and CEO of Women Deliver, discussed ways to sustain the momentum toward achieving gender equality in all sectors of society beyond the Women Deliver Conference.


“The National Committee has proven to be a powerful force for positive change. Their efforts show that when we work together and engage in our various circles of influence, the remaining barriers that drive discrimination against women and girls can begin to come down.  

“Canada’s mobilization efforts to achieve gender equality will not be over after the Women Deliver 2019 Conference. We still have so much work to do here in Canada, and we are committed to seeing it through for the benefit of everyone.”  

- The Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality

Quick facts

  • The National Committee members include Simone Cavanaugh, Léa Clermont-Dion, Caroline Codsi, Charmaine Crooks, Genesa M. Greening, Cassandra Hallett, Helen Kennedy, Beth Lyons, Kevin McCort, Emily Mills, Heather Moyse, Shania Pruden, Paulette Senior, Catherine Tait, Vianne Timmons and Adina Williams.

  • Canada is hosting the Women Deliver 2019 Conference from June 3 to 6, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

  • The Women Deliver Conference, held every three years, is the world’s largest gathering on gender equality and the health, rights and well-being of women and girls. 

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