Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement to mark Persons Day:
“Ninety years ago, on Oct. 18, 1929, five women won a legal battle that forever changed the status of women in Canada. Known as the Famous Five, Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby and Henrietta Muir Edwards fought to advance women’s rights and paved the way for a more equal society. Their unwavering determination resulted in the changing of the legal definition of ‘person’ to include women.
“Around the world, women, girls, two-spirit, trans and gender-diverse people are leading the fight to end prejudice, sexual violence, poverty and inequality. As we stand together to fight gender inequality, we recognize that Indigenous peoples, immigrants and people of colour are more likely to experience gender-based violence and discrimination. Every step forward must amplify these voices and include these experiences.
“In B.C., we’re working to break down barriers to make sure all British Columbians have access to a good life. We’re increasing access to affordable child care, housing, education and training, counselling and crisis support services, and support for people who have experienced domestic violence and sexual assault.
“Representation matters, which is why 50% of government ministries are led by women. Under MLA Mitzi Dean’s leadership – she is B.C.’s first Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity – we’re working to address inequalities for women, men and gender-diverse people, making British Columbia a better place to live for all.
“As we celebrate the progress made toward gender equality, we stand against those who are working to undermine women’s rights. Together, we have the power to build an equal society where gender is no longer a basis for discrimination, and build a brighter future for everyone in B.C.”
For a Punjabi translation, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/20191018_Persons%20Day_Punjabi.pdf
For a French translation, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/20191018_Persons%20Day_FR.pdf