Premier John Horgan and Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity Mitzi Dean have released the following statement celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8:
“On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the work of women who have stood up against sexism and discrimination, and we recommit to advancing equity each and every day.
“We are doing our part by making gender equity a priority across government, and making choices that lift women up. That is why our latest budget works toward gender equity by taking real steps to make life more affordable, to improve the services people count on, and to build a strong, inclusive economy.
“Our investments in child care, the largest in B.C. history, will help parents, especially women, build families while pursuing their careers.
“Our increase to the minimum wage will boost incomes for the lowest-paid people in B.C., which will disproportionately benefit women.
“We are also working hard to break down barriers and open up careers for women in trades. Women deserve the opportunity to pursue these rewarding, high-paying jobs, and we need their help building the province.
“Everyone has the right to live without fear. That’s why our latest budget reverses years of declining supports and provides ongoing funding for the services women and girls depend on, including housing, counselling, and crisis supports for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.
“We have shown our belief in equity from the very first day of government, by swearing in British Columbia’s first gender-equal cabinet.
“Together we are building a stronger, fairer and more-inclusive province, where everyone has the chance to realize their full potential.”