International Women’s Day

Every year on March 8th Canada and the world celebrate International Women’s Day. It is a day to recognize the achievements of women and the contributions women make to their societies, countries, and to the global community. It is also a time to reflect on the work that must still be done to achieve equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities for women and men, girls and boys.

The United Nations has declared this year’s theme for International Women’s Day to be: “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women”.

Canada recognizes education is a powerful force for advancement of women and that there are strong links between education, employment and economic security. Canada actively participated in the 55th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in February and March 2011 where women’s and girls's access to education, training and science and technology was the priority theme.

Education is a human right. In Canada and globally, progress has been made in increasing women’s and girls’ access to education. Around the world progress has been made in improving girls’ access to basic education and attention is increasingly being paid to improving the quality of education. In Canada, more women are being educated than ever before and in 2009, women made up the majority of paid employees in Canada.

Canada remains committed to equality between women and men and continues to work to help strengthen women’s rights, including women’s access to education. Canada is proud to be a supporter of UN Women, which became operational on January 1st, 2011 and will provide a strong voice for women and help advance gender equality within the United Nations and globally.

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