Minister Josée Verner to Chair Francophone Discussion on Violence Against Women

(No. 83 - February 26, 2010 - 1:30 p.m. ET) The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister for La Francophonie, will chair a high-level francophone discussion on March 1, 2010, on the margins of the session of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women in New York.

During this discussion, ministers from member states of the International Organization of La Francophonie will adopt a declaration on violence against women.

“The elimination of violence against women, in Canada and around the world, remains a priority for the Canadian government,” said Minister Verner. “To reach this objective, we must cooperate with our international partners.”

The francophone discussion will take place on the margins of the 54th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. The session will mark the 15th anniversary of the UN’s Fourth World Conference on Women, or Beijing Conference. Violence against women is one of the 12 areas for intervention set out in the Platform for Action adopted in Beijing in 1995.

Canada is chairing this discussion as chair-in-office and host of the most recent Francophonie Summit.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Jimmy Laforge
Senior Special Assistant
Office of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister for La Francophonie
613-947-3663