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Statement: International Women’s Day, 2020

Women who enjoy positions of power have a significant responsibility to women who live in more vulnerable and precarious situations.

As Canadians celebrate International Women’s Day, we can be justifiably proud of the advances our nation in terms of equality of opportunity for women, including economic security.

Unfortunately, in Canada and around the globe, women have not enjoyed the same advances when it comes to physical security, safety, and escape from violence and abuse. In fact, statistics tracked over the decades show that while women’s workforce participation and incomes are steadily advancing, incidents of violence and murder have not been been reduced at all, despite focused attention through events like the inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

So looking forward beyond 2020, we hope to see improvements in women’s economic realities; but we absolutely MUST work to improve women’s physical safety and security.