October 1st, 2012

Statement by Status of Women critic Niki Ashton on Women’s History Month

Today, we mark the beginning of Women’s History Month. Each fall, Canadians are invited to acknowledge the essential contribution of women to our country. We take the time to celebrate the trailblazing women that came before us.

This year, we also mark the first International Day of the Girl designated by the United Nations, on October 11.

Girls and young women contribute to our country through their determination and their leadership. They are leaders in their schools, in organizations and in their communities. Girls and young women go on to build our country.

This month reminds us however, that there is still much work to be done to achieve gender equality. We must re-commit to the ideals fought for by women that have gone before us. We must fight to break the cycle of violence affecting women, particularly Aboriginal women. We must work to ensure economic justice for women. We must ensure that women's rights, including reproductive rights, are respected.

The NDP proudly continues to fight for gender equality in Canada. Our caucus is made up of 40% women and we act on our commitment to equality. Inspired by the women recognized during Women’s History Month, we commit to building a stronger Canada where gender equality is not just a dream but a reality.