House of Commons Debates
Statements by Members
Thursday, March 1, 2018
1st Session • 42nd Parliament
Volume 148 • Number 269
International Women’s Day
Mr. Borys Wrzesnewskyj (Etobicoke Centre, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, for over a century on International Women’s Day, we’ve made pledges and given flowers. It’s not enough. Internationally we need leadership to fully implement the Women Peace and Security agenda; and to fight against gender inequality and gender-based violence. Canada’s new National Action Plan is our response and UN Resolution 1325 our commitment.
Around the world women and girls are strong survivors of horrific conflicts in which they are targeted. I call on all of us to stand with Yazidi, Rohingya, Sudanese women. It’s why I introduced Motion 163 calling for a Women, Peace and Security Ambassador. Let us proactively institute programs that inspire participation of women in peacekeeping and for the prevention of conflict and gender-based violence.
In partnership with our strong Canadian feminist movement, Budget 2018 committed 2 billion dollars to advance gender equality and peace around the world. I call on all Members to support M-163.