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Ontario Participating in the World Forum of Francophone Women

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

A delegation of six women is representing Ontario in Bucharest at the World Forum of Francophone Women, jointly organized by Romania and the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF).

The conference will promote the sharing of best practices and foster discussions between OIF member states and governments' on policies and initiatives supporting gender equality.

The conference will also encourage the elimination of obstacles in the implementation of international commitments regarding women's rights and economic independence. The Ontario delegation, which includes francophone and Francophile women from across the province, will have the opportunity to participate in the creation of the Réseau francophone des femmes entrepreneures (available in French only), a global network of francophone women entrepreneurs. Upon their return, Ontario's delegates will bring back and share best practices with their communities and, in early 2018, they will participate in a roundtable discussion on lessons they learned at the forum.

Ontario was granted observer status in the OIF in November 2016, reflecting the Franco-Ontarian community's integral role in the province and strengthening Ontario's profile among French-speaking countries and regions around the world.

Supporting the Francophonie and advancing women's economic equality are part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The OIF promotes multilateral co-operation that benefits French-speaking people and respects cultural and linguistic diversity, and humanist values.
  • More than 622,000 francophones call Ontario home, the largest francophone community in Canada outside of Quebec.
  • The OIF includes 84 member states and governments from five continents, representing 274 million francophones around the world.

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“The Franco-Ontarian community is reaching a new milestone at the international level. At the World Forum of Francophone Women in Bucharest, francophone and Francophile Ontarians will represent the province and take advantage of the platform provided to build relationships globally. Ontario’s delegates are accomplished leaders in their communities who will leverage their broad experience to contribute to this important discussion.”

Marie-France Lalonde

Minister of Francophone Affairs

“The World Forum of Francophone Women is a wonderful opportunity to have important conversations about gender equality. Our government is working hard to build an equal and inclusive society, with the help of these important partners – a society where all women can reach their full potential. When we invest in women, we invest in our future.”

Indira Naidoo-Harris

Minister of the Status of Women

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