Good news Canadians! Canada has been officially chosen by the United Nations Commission to represent the Status of Women Canada. Canada will be the governing body that works together with the Commission, to advance the human rights of women and girls around the world. How cool is that?

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, announced at the sixtieth UNCSW that Canada would seek a seat as a key part of its commitment to advance gender equality, both nationally and overseas in countries such as Syria where women’s rights needs advocacy.

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Canada has a seat at the United Nations representing women and girls around the world.

Canada Serves as Member of United Nations for International Women’s Rights

Since the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), Canada and the United Nations have been working closely together to implement international human right policies in countries where women and girls are in need of help. “Canada embraces this opportunity to reengage with the UN by taking a seat on this important body for the first time since 2007. We look forward to working with member states to promote gender equality, empower women and girls, and advance their human rights.” stated by the Honourable Stephane Dion, P.C.,M.P. Minister of Foreign Affairs.  

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Quick Facts

  • Canada will serve as a member of the United Nation Commission of the UNCSW from 2017 to 2021.
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau actively participates as a ‘champion’ of UN Women’s HeForShe campaign, a solidarity movement that educates men and boys to stand up against the persistent inequalities faced by girls and women, all around the world.
  • Established in 1946, the UNCSW is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality of women.

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