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Toronto, July 13 (Canadian-Media): Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism -- in a keynote address at the 2017 Global Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship in Hangzhou, China hosted by Alibaba, the world’s largest retailer -- delivered the message July 10 on “Closing the Economic Inequality Gap: A Woman’s Perspective,” Toronto News release said.
“Canada is committed to diversity and equality, including gender equality and women’s empowerment. I’m proud to represent Prime Minister Trudeau and the Government of Canada at this impressive conference and thrilled to hear from the inspiring and diverse group of leaders and role models to women around the world. Today, women around the world are rising to success and leading impressive enterprises, and I believe that events like this help raise awareness, provide a venue for open dialogue and the sharing of experiences, and encourage women and men to take stronger action to promote equality into the future,” said Minister Chagger.
Theme of this year’s conference is “Empowerment, Compassion, Aspiration.” which features discussions on how women can develop and grow in the SHE-ERA,
Women across the world and from various industries got together in this conference to create networks and facilitate female entrepreneurship.
Participants also had a chance to listen from Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group; Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations; renowned fashion icon Vera Wang; and Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba.
Featuring in the conference also were video messages from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan.
Minister Chagger laid emphasis that reduction of poverty and growth of economy in Canada and around the world can be achieved only by adoption of full gender equality, including women’s economic empowerment.
Minister Chagger highlighted Canada’s continued commitment to supporting women’s economic empowerment through investments and actions.
She also said the Government of Canada was working to address the issue of economic inequality among women, promoting diversity, women’s entrepreneurship and gender parity.
In wake of the fact that an estimated $160 billion to the Canadian economy is contributed by Canadian small and medium-sized enterprises owned by women, the Minister highlighted some of the actions being taken, such as the introduction of Bill C-25, legislation to improve representation of women on corporate boards and in senior management; progressive trade agenda; encouraging participation of women in science, technology, engineering and math; flexible work arrangements; and legislation of pay equity for workers in federal industries.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)