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Canada Promotes Women’s Empowerment for International Women’s Day

Minister Hajdu announces theme for 2016: Women’s Empowerment Leads to Equality

March 8, 2016 – Orillia, Ontario

On behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, Bruce Stanton, MP for Simcoe North, today invited Canadians to celebrate International Women’s Day 2016. Canada’s theme this year is Women’s Empowerment Leads to Equality.

March 8 is International Women’s Day. It is a time to celebrate women’s contributions to our communities, our country and our world. It is also a time to reflect on progress toward equality for women and to reflect on the significant challenges that remain.

Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day 2016 – Women’s Empowerment Leads to Equality – recognizes the need to empower women and girls as we work together to achieve gender equality. Without empowerment there can be no equality.

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2016 and to show the many faces of empowerment, the Government of Canada is asking Canadians to use social media to tag a woman who inspires them using the hashtag #YouAreEmpowerment. Visit women.gc.ca for shareable graphics and other tools to spread the word about empowered women, and to find a list of resources to help women empower themselves.

Quick Facts

  • March 8 – International Women’s Day – provides an opportunity to take stock of our progress towards gender equality and to honour the contributions women have made and are making — both in Canada and around the world.
  • In 2016, Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day is Women’s Empowerment Leads to Equality. The Government of Canada is asking Canadians to show us what empowerment means by tagging an inspiring woman on social media with the hashtag #YouAreEmpowerment.