Wellington, March 8, 2019 - "Full and free participation by women in society is essential to the development of all our communities, small and large alike. Even though Canada is one of the best countries in the world, and in spite of the protections found in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, too often women are unable to contribute fully to society. Customs and traditions from a less egalitarian time have to evolve. I’m calling here for a paradigm shift. Our ways of doing things are often designed from a male point of view. Ensuring social progress is not just women’s work. Men have an important role to play. We have to accept that how we do things — in assessing the relative importance of housework, in our intimate relationships or in our political actions – often leave room for improvement. Our society does not take full advantage of women’s potential contribution. Let’s use International Women’s Day as an opportunity to do better, for women and for all of us."

Donald DesRoches, President, Collège de l'Île

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