(Ottawa) March 8, 2016 – National Chief, Dwight Dorey issued the following statement regarding International Women’s Day:
“Today we celebrate the achievements of women in this country and around the world,” said Dorey. “Women enrich our society in many ways and they contribute largely to our country’s success.”
International Women’s Day, was first recognized by the UN General Assembly in 1977, is celebrated on March 8 every year. This year’s theme is ‘Pledge for Parity’.
“We must continue to work towards a gender balanced society and encourage greater equality. Today, we also think about the tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women and the legacy they leave behind. Too many lives have been stolen and too many communities have been destroyed by violence. Let us use today as an opportunity to bring awareness to this important issue and work towards improving the lives of Indigenous women and girls,” concluded Dorey.
The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples is the national voice representing the interests of Métis, status and non-status Indians, and Southern Inuit Indigenous People living off-reserve. Today, over 70% of Indigenous people live off-reserve.
To arrange an interview with National Chief Dwight Dorey, please contact:
Julian Morelli, Director of Policy and Communications
Office: (613) 747-6022 ex. 197
Melissa Dawe, Communications Coordinator
Office: (613) 747-6022 ex. 230