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International Women’s Week

March 8 is recognized as International Women’s Day around the world.

The United Nation’s theme is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.” Canada shares a similar theme of “Women’s Empowerment Leads to Equality”. Our government shares this commitment to women’s equality and uses International Women’s Day as an opportunity to celebrate the many and diverse accomplishments of women and girls. Although we have reached many new heights on the path to gender parity we know there is still much further to go.

While the Ontario government is committed to promoting greater economic independence for women, and promoting equality for all, making women safe from gender-based violence is also part of the conversation that surrounds equality, and our province has made it a top priority.

During International Women’s Week 2015, Ontario pledged to end sexual violence and harassment by releasing its three-year $41 million action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment entitled It’s Never Okay.

The plan was supported by an award-winning #WhoWillYouHelp public education campaign that has received more than 85 million views worldwide. The government has now released It’s Never Okay’s 2016 Progress Report, one year after the plan’s initial release.

Women and girls across Ontario contribute to the social, cultural and economic success of the province.

This year, over 185 extraordinary women and girls will receive Ontario’s Leading Women, Leading Girls Building Communities award for their achievements.