FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following statement was issued today by Claire Roussel-Sullivan, chairperson of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, about International Women’s Day, March 8:

Today we mark International Women’s Day, which was first recognized by the United Nations in 1975. This is an opportunity for all New Brunswickers to celebrate the progress women have made in achieving the right to fully participate in society, but more importantly, it is a chance to reflect upon the challenges and barriers that must be overcome and the actions that need to be taken so that all women can achieve true equality.

On this International Women’s Day, we celebrate the incredible efforts that have been made by the girls and women who have worked to shape our future, while also envisioning a more equal society as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is crucial that we value the perseverance and support the resilience of the women who contribute to making our communities more inclusive and welcoming during this time of uncertainty.

There are also women working hard to create social changes that influence the role gender equality plays in our province. We must ensure that these women are fairly represented within our institutions, so gender diversity is reflected in our actions as a society.

We want a New Brunswick free of discrimination.

Today, I invite you to discuss with your colleagues, friends and family members and reflect on what you can do to contribute to eliminating discrimination and promoting International Women’s Day.