Statement Article from  Global Affairs Canada

Joint statement by ministers Dion, Freeland and Bibeau on International Women's Day

March 8, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today issued the following statement:

“International Women’s Day allows Canada to put forward its vision for a world without gender inequality—a world where women and girls are fully in control of their lives.

“In all contexts, we must create opportunities for women and girls so they can be engaged in decision making in their homes, workplaces, communities and governments.

“As we look at our role in the world, Canada will continue working to close the gaps in reproductive health and rights. We are committed to empowering women and girls so they can access reproductive health services and decide whether and when to have children and to marry, as well as which education to pursue.

“Through the renewal of Canada’s Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, we will continue to ensure that women and girls are allowed to contribute to conflict prevention and resolution in their communities and countries. Canada welcomes the comprehensive inclusion of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“On International Women’s Day, we proudly reaffirm Canada’s commitment to gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls, including their economic empowerment, and the promotion and protection of their rights in all parts of the world.”

Associated links


Media Relations Office
Global Affairs Canada
Follow us on Twitter: @CanadaFP, @CanadaTrade and @CanadaDev
Like us on Facebook: Canada’s foreign policy - Global Affairs Canada, Canada’s international trade - Global Affairs Canada and Canada’s international development - Global Affairs Canada

Search for related information by keyword

Hon. Stéphane Dion Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau Hon. Chrystia Freeland Global Affairs Canada Persons

Date modified: