Statement on International Women’s Day


March 8, 2020 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, and the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, today issued the following statement:

“This International Women’s Day, while recognizing the achievements women and girls have made throughout history, we remain committed to the work that still needs be done to ensure they have equal opportunities to succeed here and around the world.

“Gender equality is a fundamental human right—that is why it is at the heart of our foreign policy.

“Canada works closely with women’s organizations and civil society groups at home and abroad who play a crucial role in removing barriers and bringing about positive change.

“Our global efforts to empower women and girls are strengthened by our country’s first-ever Feminist International Assistance Policy, along with our updated National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

“Canada’s inclusive trade policies help women-owned businesses grow in the global marketplace and ensure that all Canadians—including women—benefit from our trade agreements.

“Twenty-five years after the Beijing Conference on Gender Equality and 20 years after the UN Security Council introduced its resolution on women, peace and security, Canada continues to actively protect and promote the human rights of women and girls as we advocate for their meaningful participation in society and economies worldwide.

“By advancing gender equality, we will create a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world.”


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