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International Women's Day
Advancing Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls


Canada is committed to building a better world where women and girls are empowered to reach their full potential. It is also a world where men and boys actively engage to support this effort.

At home and abroad, we can help create more equal societies.  Each year, March 8th marks International Women’s Day. It is a time to celebrate the progress we’ve made and look ahead to the challenges we face to advance gender equality

For the month of March, we will highlight Canada’s achievements in foreign affairs, international development and trade to promote women and girls as powerful agents of change. These achievements range from:


Gender equality and human rights of women and girls

Information on gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls, and the promotion and protection of their human rights.

Business women in international trade

Access information, services and networking opportunities for women doing business across borders.

Strong women – Strong world: women’s rights and empowerment

Find examples of how Canada is a world leader in the promotion and protection of women’s rights and gender equality.

Improving the health and rights of women and children

Information about improving the health and rights of women and children around the world.

Canada – Working to end child marriage

Canada’s offices abroad taking action to end child, early forced marriage.

Child, early and forced marriage

Canada is working to end child, early and forced marriage.

International human rights

Learn how Canada promotes and protects human rights and reflects Canadian values on the international stage.

UN International Women’s Day

Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a more inclusive, gender equal world.

Status of Women Canada

#EqualityMatters - International Women’s Day 2017.

Empower Women

A leading global movement created by Canada and the UN for women's economic empowerment spanning over 190 countries.

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