Manitoba Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

The Honourable Anita R. Neville, P.C., O.M.

Asian Women of Winnipeg “International Women’s Day” Dinner

Remarks by

The Honourable Anita Neville, P.C., O.M.

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba


Canadian Museum of Human Rights

Saturday, March 11, 2023, 5:30 p.m.

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Fellow Manitobans, I am delighted to join you in this beautiful venue at this inspiring event.

We gather in friendship this evening here, in the heart of Treaty One land, home of the Anishinaabe and the Red River Metis people, in the capital of a province that is home to the Cree, Dakota and Dene people. Here and throughout Manitoba, we are working to advance understanding, healing and reconciliation and build a better home for all.

With that in mind, you could hardly have picked a better setting for this dinner in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Women’s rights are human rights, and every advance made in human rights has involved the hard work of women – speaking truth to power, building alliances, supporting those who have suffered from persecution and deprivation.

Women have been at the forefront of efforts to recognize the value of diversity and to find common understanding among people with different backgrounds and beliefs.

By representing women from the many cultural backgrounds originating in the world’s most populous continent, Asian Women of Winnipeg sets an example for all advocacy, support and community groups.

Looking at the remarkable achievements of the women you have recognized since coming together in 2014, one of the ways you’ve been empowering women has been by inspiring them.

This evening, I understand that you’re saluting the accomplishments and dedication of all the women gathered here. What a great idea. One of the great lessons of feminism has been that women have risen the most by lifting each other up.

Those of us old enough to remember the first International Women’s Day may remember a popular feminist slogan from the 1970s: Women Hold Up Half the Sky.

Well, nearly fifty years later, we’re still holding it up, and at the same time, many of us are breadwinners, children’s chauffeurs, menu planners and chefs, family health advocates, social organizers, and much more. We’ve narrowed the wage gap – though it’s still about 13 per cent in Canada – but we still seem to be stuck with the heavier half of the sky.

By supporting and inspiring each other, by celebrating the diversity of your lives and accomplishments, you make that load a little lighter.

Thank you for your contributions to Manitoba and to the recognition of women.

Merci… Meegwich.