March 6, 2009
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following message for International Women's Day, March 8, was issued today by Social Development Minister and Minister responsible for the Status of Women Mary Schryer.
"As minister responsible for the status of women, I will be proud to stand with the women of New Brunswick this Sunday, March 8, to celebrate International Women's Day.
"International Women's Day was recognized by the United Nations in 1977 as an annual commemoration of the progress made in promoting and advancing the rights of women the world over. It is also an important occasion to recognize the many challenges we face in achieving real equality for all women.
"The theme of International Women's Day for 2009 is Strong Leadership. Strong Women. Strong World: Equality. This theme expresses the firm conviction that guides our government, that increased participation and better access of women and girls to leadership roles will enable women to grow and develop to their full potential and achieve their dreams, for the betterment of the province, the nation, and the whole world.
"Women show exemplary strength. In addition to displaying strength of character, they possess extraordinary mental strength. Despite the ongoing struggles they must face, they continue to move forward and pass their values on to their sons and daughters. Whether in the public or private sector, at work or at home, women demonstrate leadership on a daily basis.
"International Women's Day encourages us to take stock of just how far we've come, but we still need to do much more to bring about true equality of condition and opportunity for women here in New Brunswick, Canada and the world over.
"I invite all New Brunswickers to take part in International Women's Day events throughout our province, with activities and events taking place in many communities.
"As minister and as a woman actively involved in her province and her community, I want to honour the exceptional women who are and will be the leaders of New Brunswick now and for our self-sufficient future."