Statement by MP Nathan Cullen on International Women’s Day

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day in Canada.  It is a time to celebrate women’s achievements and contributions to our communities, our country, and our world. Throughout this International Women’s Week, we reflect not only on advances gained but also those that remain to be won.

Women have been taking their place in Canadian life, making advances in the work force, excelling in academic institutions, and participating in politics. Across Canada, women are breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes but there is still work to be done. We need more women leading businesses, non-profits, and governments at every level.

I commend the efforts of all of the women across Canada and in the Skeena-Bulkley Valley region who work and volunteer in our communities, provide support for our families and friends, enrich the professional workforce, engage in politics from the local to international level,  and by sharing their skills in all variety of capacities.

As we celebrate the advances we have made as a society, we also recognize that more action is needed to achieve full equality.  Women across the world continue suffer violations of their basic human rights.  Canada needs to invest in childcare and affordable housing, restore pay equity protection, improve the opportunities available to Aboriginal women, and do more to prevent violence against women.

We must never forget the mothers, sisters and friends we have lost, particularly those who have disappeared along the Highway of Tears. In their spirit, and those of women everywhere, we must continually strive towards a more equal and just society for all persons.

Join me in celebrating International Women’s Day and the Week and speaking out on the issues that matter to all women and all Canadians.