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On this International Women’s Day, 2022, we celebrate the groundbreaking contributions women and girls have made in science, technology, education, politics, business and beyond. We recognize how far we have come in bridging the gender divide, and how much progress remains to be made. One thing is certain: women and girls, in all their diversity, are powerful agents of change, and will continue to be. When women and girls succeed, we all do.

When Canada adopted a Feminist Foreign Policy, it was one of only two countries to have done so. The vision was to support the advancement of women and girls in all their diversity, and of all groups that have historically faced marginalization, both as a valuable goal in its own right and as an essential condition for durable peace and security, robust democracy and sustainable economic development. While policies, initiatives, and tools change over time, the importance of a world where all women and girls are valued and empowered, have control over their own lives and fully participate in decisions that affect them remains a timeless priority.

This year, the Government of Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day is Women Inspiring Women. It celebrates all the diverse women and girls who inspire us by demonstrating leadership in the choices they make in their day-to-day lives to contribute to the social, economic, cultural, and political spheres. This builds on the #PeaceByHer campaign that Canada launched last International Women’s Day as we continue to recognize women peacemakers, peacekeepers and peacebuilders.

Each woman and girl has the potential to be a catalyst for change. Each and every one of us has a role to play in ensuring that women and girls have the right tools and opportunities to make a difference, today and in the years to come. When women and girls have equal opportunities to succeed, including equal access to education and full enjoyment of their human rights, they can transform their local economies and generate growth that benefits their communities and countries. When women and girls are empowered to reach their full potential, the global community can move towards more just, peaceful and prosperous societies.

We encourage everyone today to lead in solidarity on this important dialogue and reflect on how you can make a difference for gender equality and inspire others to do so. It is by raising our voices, and by being politically and socially active that together we will continue to break barriers to empowerment and eliminate gender biases. It is our hope that our continued efforts will lead, over time, to more representative and more inclusive institutions, policies, and societies with better outcomes for all.

Join the conversation on social media by identifying inspiring women in your life and using the hashtags #IWD2022 and #PeaceByHer.

– Marie-Geneviève Mounier, Commissioner General – Expo 2020 Dubai
– Marcy Grossman Ambassador of Canada to the United Arab Emirates