- In honour of it being International Women's Day today, mayor Valérie Plante shared a video of her explaining what this day means for her and what type of messages she believes we should be putting out in the world.
- She discusses the need for society to come together to let women's voices be heard when they are victims of violence.
- You can watch to the video below.
This year's International Women's Day has the slogan "an equal world is an enabled world" attached to it. This theme of equality draws focus on the need for gender equality across the globe. On the movement's official website, it reads "the race is on for the gender equal boardroom, a gender equal government, gender equal media coverage, gender equal workplaces, gender equal sports coverage, more gender equality in health and wealth ... so let's make it happen." And with that, one of Montreal's most loved women, mayor Valérie Plante, shared a kindhearted message in honour of this say.
She speaks in French during her speech, but I have translated her words for the anglos like me out there. When describing what International Women's Day means to her, the mayor of Montreal says "it is a day to remember all the battles that we have won, but also to come together to make things better."
She discusses a woman’s right to be safe during her message, where she notes the many facets of such. "The right to be safe at home, in your place of work, with the people around us, in society in the streets, everywhere."
"En ce #8mars et à chaque jour, assurons-nous, toutes et tous, que celles qui ne se sentent pas en sécurité puissent s'exprimer, être entendues et obtenir l'aide dont elles ont besoin. Ensemble, envoyons haut et fort le message suivant: les violences envers les femmes et les filles, c'est non. Bonne Journée internationale des droits des femmes!"
Translation: "On this #8thOfMarch and every day, let's make sure that those who don't feel safe can speak out, be heard and get the help they need. Together, let's send a strong message that violence against women and girls is a no. Happy International Women's Rights Day!"
She ends up reiterating what she had written in her caption in her speech. "So this year, I invite us all to work together to let the women who don’t feel safe can raise their hand, speak up, ask for help."
"And I think together we also need to send a strong message that violence against girls and women is a no."
"It’s unacceptable in our society and we need the means to counter it."
A few weeks ago, in preparation for this upcoming International Women's Day, she had another opportunity to speak out about violence against women.
I believe we can definitely say that we, as Montrealers, are blessed to have such a strong, inspiring woman leading our city.
Happy International Women's Day Montreal, may you celebrate all those who identify as womxn — today and every day.