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March 8th is International Women's Day
Today is International Women's Day - a day to celebrate the progress our society has made towards gender parity, and to push for even greater equality by working together to break down the complex barriers that girls and women across the world continue to experience.
This year's theme "Women's Empowerment Leads to Equality" resonates with me because, while it may be 2016, health inequality still exists. As the Minister of Health and as a family physician, I'm committed to doing my part to make sure that girls and women have the tools they need to be healthy, both physically and mentally. I'm committed because, as a mother, I know that girls and women can realize their full potential and contribute their best to our society when they are healthy and feel empowered.
Through government initiatives that focus on preventing family violence, encourage healthy pregnancy and programs that support new mothers and their children, we are able to continue to make a difference in the lives of Canadian girls and women.
Today I also announced the launch of a new women's brain health research initiative that will help us better understand sex and gender influences on brain health. This could lead to improved treatments for dementia and Alzheimer's, as well as provide clues about the best ways to prevent these diseases entirely, which is good news for all Canadians.
Please join me and others across the country by sharing your personal story of a woman who has inspired you on social media with the hashtag #YouAreEmpowerment. There are many faces of empowerment in Canada, so let's show the world!
The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C., M.P.
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