MP Earl Dreeshen calls on Canadians to Celebrate International Women’s Day

March 07, 2013

OTTAWA – On behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, Earl Dreeshen, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, today called on constituents to celebrate International Women’s Week and International Women’s Day. Canada’s 2013 theme is Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence against Women. This year’s International Women’s Week theme is asking men to become part of the solution and speak out to end violence against women and girls.

“The Harper Government is committed to eliminating violence against women and girls,” Minister Ambrose added. “Our government has been working with communities to improve safety and security of women – funding hundreds of projects across Canada to end violence against women and girls.”

“I encourage everyone in Central Alberta to celebrate the women in our community this International Women’s Week and to work together, with women, to prevent violence against women and girls in all its forms, wherever it occurs.” said Dreeshen.

The Harper Government is committed to supporting projects that yield concrete results for women and girls in Canada, while strengthening families and communities. Through Status of Women Canada, the government's support for community-based projects has nearly doubled since 2006-2007, from $10.8 million to close to $19 million, its highest level ever. Since 2007, more than $57 million in funding has been approved for projects that seek to address violence against women and girls.

International Women’s Week takes place this year from March 3 to 9, with International Women’s Day on March 8. For further information on International Women's Day and International Women's Week, please visit the Status of Women Canada web site at http://www.iwd.gc.ca.