今天，妇女和性别平等以及乡村经济发展部长玛丽安·蒙塞夫（Maryam Monsef）阁下启动加拿大政府为今年国际妇女节而发起的运动：“因为有你（Because of You）”。
这一活动凸现九位加拿大的开拓者，其中包括运动员克里斯汀·辛克莱（Christine Sinclair），女企业家安·迪瓦恩（Ann Devine）和诺贝尔奖获得者唐娜·斯特里克兰（Donna Strickland）博士。
整个运动将体现那些挑战文化和社会常规、扩大妇女和女童声音、突破各自领域障碍的人士，她们让这个世界变得更为美好。国际妇女节定为每年 3 月 8 日，是表彰所有妇女的杰出贡献的时刻，也是弘扬和支持性别平等的机会。
“国际妇女节是表彰很多妇女和女童的杰出成就和贡献的时候，她们帮助创造了更美好世界。北京世界妇女大会至今已有 25 年了，这次大会提供了一个回顾过去并反思未来工作的机会，并表彰那些做出努力而让我们的国家和整个世界变得更美好的人士。以此前行的唯一途径，就是记住我们的初心、以及推动我们走到今天的人们。今年的主题是“因为有你 Because of You”，期待加拿大的每个人推崇自己的生活中的榜样。我鼓励所有加拿大人参与其中，表彰在他们社区中做出改变、带来巨大影响的妇女。”
国际妇女节的起源追溯到 20 世纪初，源于北美和欧洲的劳工运动，反映出妇女争取平等参与社会之日益高涨的运动。第一个国际妇女节首先于 1911 年 3 月 19 日在奥地利、丹麦、德国和瑞士设立。那天，有超过一百万人参加公共活动对此表示支持。在随后的数年中，其他国家也开始设定并庆祝这一天。
联合国将 1975 年定为国际妇女年，并于当年 3 月 8 日开始庆祝国际妇女节。今天，国际妇女节在世界各地都得到庆祝 —在许多国家还被设定为全国假日。它已经逐渐演变称全球化的节日，确认妇女的成就，并呼吁采取行动支持妇女权益并推进性别平等。
加拿大于 2019 年 6 月 3 日至 6 日在卑诗省温哥华主办了“2019 世界妇女大会 WomenDeliver”。该会议是世界上规模最大的性别平等、妇女和女童的健康、权利与福祉大会，每三年举行一次。
由于加拿大政府最初的承诺额为 3 亿元，平等基金已筹集了 1 亿元的初始投资。平等基金会还将为加拿大的妇女权益组织筹集资金。
Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, launched the Government of Canada’s campaign for this year’s International Women’s Day, Because of You.
Featuring 9 Canadian trailblazers , including athlete Christine Sinclair, businesswoman Ann Devine, and Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Donna Strickland, the campaign will profile those who are making the world a better place by challenging cultural and societal norms, amplifying the voices of women and girls, and breaking barriers in their respective fields.
International Women’s Day, which takes place every year on March 8, is a time to recognize the outstanding contributions of all women and an opportunity to promote and support gender equality.
This year’s theme, Because of You, celebrates activists, advocates and other changemakers, across generations past and present, who are advancing gender equality and the rights of women. Because of them, our country is changing for the better.
Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast are encouraged to use the hashtag #BecauseOfYou to name, honour and celebrate women in their lives and communities whose work and impact inspires them.
The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P. Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development Stated:
“International Women’s Day is a time to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of women and girls who have helped create a better world. It has been 25 years since the Beijing World Conference on Women, providing an opportunity to take stock and reflect on the work ahead and to celebrate those whose efforts have made our country and the world better. The only way to move forward is to remember where we came from and those who brought us here. This year’s theme, Because of You, asks everyone in Canada to honour the role models in their own lives. I encourage all Canadians to take part and recognize the incredible impact of the women making change in their communities.”
The beginnings of International Women’s Day trace back to the early twentieth century, emerging from the activities of labour movements in North America and Europe and reflecting a growing movement for women to participate equally in society.
The first International Women’s Day was observed on March 19, 1911, in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. That day, more than one million people showed their support by participating in public events. In the years that followed, other countries began to observe and celebrate this day.
The United Nations recognized 1975 as International Women’s Year and began celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8 of that year.
Today, International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world – in many countries, it is a national holiday. It has grown to become a global day of recognition of women’s achievements and a call to action to support women’s rights and advance gender equality.
Canada hosted the Women Deliver 2019 Conference from June 3 to 6, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Held every three years, it is the world’s largest gathering on gender equality and the health, rights and well-being of women and girls.
At Women Deliver, Minister Monsef announced that the Government of Canada is reshaping how it supports women’s rights organizations, domestically and internationally, to build a legacy for gender equality and rights.
The Equality Fund will not only create a sustainable and predictable source of funding for women’s rights organizations and movements in developing countries, but will also shift how investment decisions are made for gender equality outcomes: by providing resources directly to women’s rights organizations and by making investments that support gender equality.
The Equality Fund has mobilized initial investments of $100 million as a result of the Government of Canada’s initial $300 million commitment. The Equality Fund will also mobilize funding for women’s rights organizations in Canada.