In The Spotlight

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Are You in Crisis?
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Services for Women

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World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7

World Breastfeeding Week is held each year from August 1-7 to raise awareness of the need to promote, protect and support breastfeeding. The initiative is recognized internationally, and supported by organizations like the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization, and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).

“In Ontario, we respect and support a mother’s right to breastfeed. World Breastfeeding Week is an important opportunity for us to reflect on that right, and to acknowledge the benefits of breastfeeding on a child’s growth and development.″
Min. Tracy MacCharles, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues.

Click here to learn more about the Ontario government’s efforts to support and promote breastfeeding.

Women on Boards

The Business Case for Women on Boards

Ontario is taking steps to ensure more women are represented on corporate boards and senior management teams in the province.

The government asked the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) to provide recommendations designed to increase the number of women in high-ranking positions.

The OSC held public consultations and is expected to make its recommendations in the fall of 2014.

Major Initiatives

OWD 30th Anniversary

OWD 30th Anniversary

October is Women’s History Month, and 2013 marks the Ontario Women’s Directorate 30th anniversary! Join us in celebrating, remembering and looking forward.

OWD has played an important role in effecting and influencing change for women in Ontario. See an interactive timeline highlighting our shared past.

Learn more about Women’s History Month and the contributions of women to Ontario’s rich history.

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