[STATEMENT] B.C. Green Party on International Women's Day

For immediate release
Fri. March 6, 2015

On Sunday, March 8, 2015, the B.C. Green Party proudly joins millions of people around the world to celebrate International Women’s Day and the United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. The B.C. Green Party commemorates and honours women’s achievements, contributions and resilience.

"The women’s movement was borne out of a courageous struggle for equal rights and equity and for recognition, acceptance and full participation", says Interim Leader Adam Olsen. "So we as the Green Party of B.C., stand with Vancouver Green Party councillor Adriane Carr, federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May and all women across this province and country, calling for greater equality for girls and women, for an end to violence against women and for an end to women living in poverty. The struggle for equality continues."

In Canada, women comprise over half of our population, yet in 2012, Canadian women earned on average approx. 76.5% of the average wage earned by Canadian men. While Canada and other nations have made progress to protect and promote women’s rights and opportunities, of the majority of the world’s 1.3 billion poor, 70% are women and receive less than half the wages of men for doing the same work and continue to be victims of violence and discrimination.

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Media contact:

Stefan Jonsson
Director of Communications
1-888-473-3686 ext. 3
stefan.jonsson@greenparty.bc.ca

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