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International Women’s Day

March 8, 2015

Message from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston,
Governor General of Canada, on the Occasion of
International Women’s Day

OTTAWA— International Women’s Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate how far we have come in achieving gender equality. Although great strides and progress have been made over the years, there remain challenges and obstacles to overcome in order for women to be fully recognized in every sphere of society.

Building a better world for all, one that is fairer and more just, is a responsibility we all share. To that end, we must continue to work together to pave the way for true equality of opportunity and to ensure that women’s rights are respected and that women are actively involved at all levels.

The many initiatives in this regard and the extraordinary achievements of women around the world suggest that we are on the right track. Today, let us consider all that remains to be done to change mindsets so that women, in all their diversity, are heard and equality is established as a universal truth.

I wish you all a wonderful International Women’s Day.                                     

David Johnston


Media information:

Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office