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View Eva Nassif Profile
Lib. (QC)
View Eva Nassif Profile
2019-05-16 9:39
Thank you, Minister, for being with us.
Last February, in my riding of Vimy, I had the pleasure of announcing to an organization in Laval, the Table de concertation de Laval en condition féminine, something to empower women: funding for women's economic security in Laval.
We are doing things. We are changing the lives of women, and this is great, but my question, Minister, is about our conference in June: Women Deliver. It is taking place in our country. It is the largest conference on women and gender equality. Would you talk about our contribution to this conference that is taking place in Vancouver?
View Maryam Monsef Profile
Lib. (ON)
I realize that Irene asked this question and I didn't get a chance to respond. Women Deliver is the largest conference of its kind for feminists and equality seekers. It's like the Olympics for feminists—literally. Canada had to bid on it. It was a competitive process. It happens every three years. It has happened in Denmark. We're hosting it in Vancouver now. So far, we have over 7,000 people attending and we have a pretty strong wait-list.
Like the Olympics, it's not about what happens in Vancouver alone that's important. What's also important is that people are doing this, that they're coming from 170 different countries and that hundreds of thousands are joining us virtually. In communities across the country and around the world, people are hosting their own Women Deliver events.
The whole point is to use it as a moment to reflect on the progress made, on the push-back that we're experiencing and how to push back against that, and how to accelerate our progress to 2030. If that's our goal, then what happens after Women Deliver is even more important. How do we sustain that work? For those who are experiencing financial challenges, we've invested in organizations like CanWaCH to be able to give out grants. We're also investing in something called Feminists Deliver, with indigenous women's issues front and centre and a really important moment.
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