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International Women’s Day 2020: CESO’s role in supporting female empowerment

CESO Communications March 5, 2020

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8th. The date marks a time to reflect and recognize the progress we’ve made in advancing gender equality and to look ahead to the challenges that still remain.

In Canada, this year’s theme is #BecauseOfYou. The campaign pays tribute to the past and present generations of diverse and inspirational changemakers who are breaking barriers, amplifying female voices, and creating a better place for women and girls.

In Canada and around the world, CESO works with local partners to support economic development for women and their communities.

CESO is proud to play a role in helping to support positive and lasting change. We work in partnership with women around the world, and we see the impact that the right mentor can have on their lives. That impact is multiplied and shared with those around her,” says Wendy Harris, CESO President & CEO.

Despite the advances made by girls and women who paved the way, no country has achieved gender equality.

The only way to move forward is to remember where we came from and those who brought us here. I encourage Canadians to take part and recognize the impactful changes women from coast-to-coast-to-coast are making in their communities,” says the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development.

Why #genderequality matters

  • Women hold the potential to not only transform their economic status; they also have the power to substantially improve the lives of those around them
  • Empowered women are better able to break out of the cycle of poverty and exercise a greater voice in political, economic and cultural spheres
  • Empowering women and girls to participate equally in society results directly in increasing economic prosperity, promoting peace and security, upholding equality, and creating happier and healthier communities

We can — and must — do our part to ensure that women everywhere have access to the resources, the skills and knowledge, and the opportunities to become the drivers of their own long-term growth and success,” says Harris.

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