Minister Commemorates International Women’s Day
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
March 8, 2012
The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Charlene Johnson, Minister of Responsible for the Status of Women:
Mr. Speaker, I rise in this Honourable House today to commemorate the 101st anniversary of International Women’s Day.
Last week, the Premier and I met with representatives of several groups committed to advancing the status of women in our province. Together, we proclaimed March 8 as International Women’s Day in Newfoundland and Labrador.
On this day, women in our province celebrate the many accomplishments women have made to date, as well as determine next steps to continue achieving equality for all women.A striking example of the progress that has been made here in our province is that for the first time in our history, a woman serves as Premier.
In honour of International Women’s Day, MSN News compiled a list of Canadian women worthy of note. They further described these women as distinguished and at the top of their games. Included in this list was our Premier.
Mr. Speaker, this year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “Strong Women, Strong Canada – Women in Rural, Remote and Northern Communities: Key to Canada’s Economic Prosperity.”
This theme allows us to celebrate the economic contributions of women in our rural communities, as well as the overall achievements in advancing women.
For instance over the last three years, a total of 172 women have obtained apprenticeship opportunities with the help of the Office to Advance Women Apprentices and over 50 of these hires were supported by our government’s Apprentice Wage Subsidy Program.
Mr. Speaker, government’s commitment to the women’s community remains strong, with funding to organizations throughout the province, including:
• Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE);
• Women in Resource Development Corporation;
• Eight Status of Women Councils;
• Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women;
Multicultural Women’s Organization of Newfoundland and Labrador; and,
• Newfoundland and Labrador Aboriginal Women’s Network.
International Women’s Day allows us to show our gratitude for these organizations and all women past and present who are the driving force in advancing the status of women in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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