IN THE HOUSE ~ Member's Statement ~ NDP ~ Equal Rights

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Ms. Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo—Ladysmith, NDP):  

« Mr. Speaker, after decades of marching, resisting, and persisting for equal rights, on International Women's Day we see first-hand the women's movement is stronger than ever.

 Today, young women fill this House, a powerful show of new leadership. I honour especially delegate Arazoo Najibzadeh. She chose to leave her seat empty, to represent the countless women who have been denied their political voice.

We need all women's voices. We need all hands on deck for the challenges that Canada faces. Yet successive Liberal and Conservative governments have failed to act. It is far past time for the Liberals to live up to their feminist claims and get to work.

We need action for women and for future generations. New Democrats will never stop fighting for women's equality and human rights.â€�