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Governor General Celebrates International Women's Day in Port-au-Prince

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March 8, 2010 

Governor General Celebrates
International Women’s Day
in Port-au-Prince Haiti

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond are in Port-au-Prince, in the Republic of Haiti, to undertake a two-day visit. Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies met with President René Préval and Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive. 

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Governor General took part in a women’s gathering, 2 000 participants of which have come together from all walks of life and who are working relentlessly since the earthquake ravaged the country. 

It is in the spirit of solidarity that Her Excellency recognized in a speech these women’s efforts in the reconstruction of their community following this natural disaster. 

“This year, International Woman’s Day is even more moving for me, because I am by your side, sisters of Haiti, as you strive to recover from disaster and rebuild. First of all, I want to join with everyone mourning the disappearance in the earthquake on January 12 of so many Haitian women committed to defending women’s rights, some of whom had very close ties with Canada,” said the Governor General. 

For the complete version of the Governor General's speech, visit

Visit to the Republic of Haiti – March 8 and 9, 2010
The visit to the Republic of Haiti will strengthen the partnership between Canada and Haiti, as restoration and reconstruction of the country continues following the earthquake on January 12. The Governor General will emphasize the importance of education and culture, as well as the involvement of women and young people, in Haiti’s long-term reconstruction and development strategy. 

For more information on the visit to the Republic of Haiti, visit To read the Governor General’s blogs, visit and


Media Information :
In Ottawa:
Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-0287 (office)
613-302-0912 (cell)

In Haiti:
Julie Rocheleau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-302-0249 (cell)

Marthe Blouin
Official Spokesperson to the Governor General of Canada
613-301-3379 (cell)