Executive Council
March 19, 2019

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Carol Anne Haley, Minister for the Status of Women:

Minister Haley Discusses Session of United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Mr. Speaker, last week I had the privilege of attending the 63rd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, as part of the Canadian delegation. I had the opportunity to meet with government officials, community groups, and those with lived-experiences from all over the world and to discuss key issues affecting women and girls.

The Canadian delegation was led by the federal Minister for Women and Gender Equality, the Honourable Maryam Monsef. Representatives from civil society and labour unions from across the country were in attendance, including leaders from the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses Union and the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour.

Mr. Speaker, events I attended covered a range of issues including the role of modern technologies in preventing sexual and gender-based violence, the importance of access to public services in terms of violence prevention and global commitments to advance women and girls.

I also met with my national colleagues to discuss how we can continue to work together on initiatives of gender equality and violence prevention in this country.

Mr. Speaker, this government continues to be committed to advancing the status of women and girls in our province. These events and discussions from the UN Commission on the Status of Women nurtured ideas and relationships for the betterment of women and girls here in our province and around the world.

Thank you.

2019 03 19                              1:50 p.m.