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Statement from the Minister of the Status of Women on International Women's Week

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Statement from the Minister of the Status of Women on International Women's Week

Ministry of the Status of Women

Today, Indira Naidoo-Harris, Ontario's Minister of the Status of Women, issued the following statement:

"As Ontario's Minister of the Status of Women, I am pleased and proud that our province will join in the worldwide celebration of International Women's Week 2017. A highlight of the week is International Women's Day, which occurs around the world on March 8th. It's an important recognition of the remarkable women, both past and present, who have contributed to building our society.

As Minister of Ontario's first standalone Ministry of the Status of Women, I want to reaffirm our government's commitment to the strength and success of women and girls. The past year has seen remarkable progress in the status of women in Ontario.  My goal in the next year is to build on this record of change and progress.

Today we released the annual update of It's Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment in Ontario. Our government launched this ground-breaking plan two years ago―on International Women's Day―to help change attitudes, improve supports, and make campuses and workplaces safer from sexual violence and harassment.  

We have also made important progress over the past 12 months through Walking Together, our government's strategy to end violence against Indigenous women. As part of this commitment, our government launched a Strategy to End Human Trafficking, and recently introduced legislation to hold traffickers accountable, support survivors and raise awareness. In addition, our government is hosting the fifth National Indigenous Women's Summit this week in Toronto.

We want women in Ontario to be strong and successful. Last June, our government set targets for women to make up 40 per cent of all provincial board and agency appointments by 2019.  We are also encouraging businesses to set a 30 per cent target by the end of this year to appoint women to their boards of directors. Our government is also making progress towards closing the gender wage gap between men and women so that everyone in Ontario can enjoy equality of opportunity.

I urge all people in Ontario this week to take time to celebrate the incredible women who do so much to keep our province strong, prosperous and on the path to equality for women."

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