CARE calls on Canada to be a leader on gender equality

Mar 07, 2011

100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day

This year marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. Over the past century, women have overcome incredible challenges to achieve political, economic and social advances never before imagined. Yet, there are still many places where a person’s gender affects their chances of reaching their full potential. 

“The advancement women have made over the past 100 years is inspirational,” said Kevin McCort, President and CEO of CARE Canada. “But lets us not be complacent – the challenges women and men face today in reaching true gender equality should not take another 100 years to overcome.”
CARE works directly with women and men around the world who struggle daily against the underlying social, cultural and political drivers of sexual violence and gender inequality. Long-term commitment is required to change attitudes and behaviours that condone inequality and violence against women and girls. Ultimately, one of the most important ways of overcoming gender inequality is by empowering women – and this must be achieved by working with both women and men for women’s rights. 
Canadians have been traditionally supportive of this work, and CARE has been instrumental in making in-roads into women’s empowerment in such places as Afghanistan.  CARE believes Canadians can do even more.  
“Canada should be a leader in supporting UN Women, the new UN institutions dedicated to the advancement of women” said Louise Fréchette, Former Deputy Secretary General of the UN and CARE Canada Board Director. “We must set benchmarks, timelines and accountability for implementation, but most of all we need clear, decisive and urgent action.  There is too much at stake.”
The 100th anniversary of International Women’s’ Day is a moment to pause and reflect on how far we have come towards achieving gender equality; but this moment is also a time to help propel us into urgent actions today to help address the political, social and cultural barriers to realizing gender equality. 
For more information please contact:
Alexandra Lopoukhine, Communications Manager. Cell: 613.799.7562