For Immediate Release
March 8, 2012
OTTAWA– Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on International Women’s Day:
“Established more than a century ago to campaign for the most basic equality rights for women, today International Women’s Day salutes the economic, political and social achievements of women around the world.
As part of today’s celebration I was pleased to participate in a breakfast co-hosted by the National Liberal Women’s Caucus, the National Women’s Liberal Commission and Liberal Women’s clubs from across the National Capital Region to honour equality rights during this 30th anniversary year of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our parliamentary caucus, I reaffirm our party’s commitment to advocate for full and substantial equality for women, both at home and around the world.”
Liberal Status of Women critic, Judy Sgro, added:
“In Canada, we are fortunate that women have achieved considerable success in the fight for equality, but much works remains to be done.
The sad reality is that women have seen their equality diminish over the last seven years under the Harper Conservatives. This government has done nothing to address the core problems facing women, but additionally they have attacked Status of Women Canada; they have abandoned the historic national childcare agreement struck by the previous Liberal government; they have cut off funding to organizations that promote women’s equality; and they have weakened the protection of women from domestic violence by giving Canada even less regulation of firearms than in the United States.
The federal government must lead by example by adopting policies and programs that promote women’s advancement instead of undermining it.”
Liberal Women’s Caucus Chair, Dr. Carolyn Bennett, concluded:
“Our Caucus is especially grateful that the UN designated its theme for this year’s International Women’s Day to the empowerment of rural women, a population whose concerns must be brought to the forefront of action on gender equality.
In Canada, we know that all too often the voices of women in rural, remote and Northern communities–and Aboriginal women in these communities, particularly–go unheard. This is most evident in the lack of action taken by this government to call a public inquiry into the hundreds of missing or murdered aboriginal women.
On this day and every day, the Liberal Party will continue to fight for a bright, safe and prosperous future for women and girls in all regions of our country.”
Office of the Liberal Leader