Minister of Health Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid issued the following statement in recognition of Women's History Month in October, and acknowledged the world's first International Day of the Girl, on Oct. 11, 2012. This year's theme - Strong Girls, Strong Canada: Leaders from the Start - is inspired by International Day of the Girl.
"On behalf of all British Columbians, I would like to take the opportunity of Women's History Month and the first International Day of the Girl, to recognize girls and women as leaders in our society.
"In Canada, October has been recognized as Women's History Month since 1992. As entrepreneurs, innovators, public servants, health professionals, scientists, researchers, educators, politicians, and community and world leaders, this month formally recognizes the historical contributions that all women and girls have made in B.C., Canada and worldwide.
"The United Nations has declared Oct. 11, 2012, as the first International Day of the Girl. This day aims to make a difference in the lives of girls as citizens and recognize them as powerful voices of change within their families, their communities and their nations.
"All women in Canadian history have left an enduring legacy that continues to this day. I encourage British Columbians to acknowledge and understand how the leadership of all women and girls has contributed to our past and continues to improve our future."
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