IMG_3294Surrey: Fleetwood-Port Kells MP Nina Grewal hosted a roundtable meeting with MP Lois Brown, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development, during which Ms. Brown and Grewal announced the Government of Canada is contributing $10 million to support a project aimed at improving equality amongst women and men before the law in eight Southeast Asian countries.

“Canada is recognized as a world leader in the promotion and protection of women’s rights,” said MP Grewal. “we are signalling that Canada will be working with its partners in the United Nations to address discrimination against women in Southeast Asia. We are seeking changes to how women and girls are treated under the law, to ensure that they are on an equal-footing with men and receive the justice they deserve.”

“If equitable and sustainable progress is to be achieved, women’s status must be improved, their rights must be respected, and their contributions must be recognized,” said Parliamentary Secretary Brown. “Canada is proud to help achieve greater equality between women and men before the law in these Southeast Asian countries.”

Canada is providing a contribution of $10,000,000 to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women for the Improving Women’s Rights in Southeast Asia project. The project will help ensure women have access to competent and impartial judicial and adjudicatory mechanisms equally and without discrimination, and that government and civil society experts can develop and implement legislation that is respectful of the United Nations Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination against Women. The project will assist women in Laos, Indonesia, the Philippines, Timor-Leste, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam.