Minister Ien Announces Recipients of the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case 

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February 24, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Women and Gender Equality Canada

Gender equality will be achieved when people of all genders have opportunities to participate fully in democratic and public life, to attain economic security, and to live free of violence. The Government of Canada is committed to achieving gender equality and to recognizing individuals who are working towards this goal.

Today, the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth, announced the recipients of the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. These awards recognize Canadians who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of gender equality. The four recipients are:

  • Monique Aubry Frize
  • Carina Gabriele
  • Bailey Greenspon
  • Caitlin Salvino

The recipients will be celebrated during a virtual ceremony that will be held on International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. This year’s theme, Women Inspiring Women, illustrates the impact that exceptional individuals, such as the Persons Case Awards recipients, can have on Canadians and their communities.

The work of these outstanding award recipients is not only helping to make Canada more inclusive and prosperous for all but also inspiring others to make a difference domestically and around the world. When Canadians come together, we can make significant strides towards gender equality.

The Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case were created in 1979 to mark the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Persons Case.

You can find more information by visiting Women and Gender Equality Canada’s website.

Quick facts

  • The Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case marks the day in 1929 when the historic decision to include women in the legal definition of “persons” was established by Canada’s highest court of appeal. This milestone victory gave women the right to be appointed to the Senate of Canada and paved the way for women's increased participation in public and political life.

  • March 8 is International Women's Day (IWD). It’s a global day to recognize and celebrate women’s and girls’ social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. It’s also a time to raise awareness of the progress made towards achieving gender equality and the work remaining to be done.

  • This year, the Government of Canada’s theme is Women Inspiring Women. It celebrates women and girls across Canada who continue to demonstrate outstanding leadership while also contributing to Canada’s social, economic, cultural, and political spheres.

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Johise Namwira
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth
873-353-0985
Johise.Namwira@cfc-swc.gc.ca

Media Relations
Women and Gender Equality Canada
819-420-6530
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