OTTAWA, ON, March 8th, 2015 – Mr. Tom Eagles, Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion, acknowledged the United Nations’ theme for International Women’s Day for 2015: “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!” by recognizing the many social, political and economic achievements of women past, present and future on this special day and the need to address the gaps that still remain in making gender equality a reality.
“From the perspective of Canada’s Veterans, women have a long history of supporting their country and their communities from taking on new roles when their husbands and sons went off to war, to being part of our front-line fighting force beginning in 1901 when women served as nurses overseas. Today, women proudly serve in all aspects of the Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police to uphold the freedoms we enjoy today,” says Eagles.
“I congratulate the Canadian military and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for realizing that it’s one’s ability and not one’s gender that should be the litmus test for service in the Military or the RCMP. For these same reasons, the Legion salutes our military women on this special day and proudly welcomes serving and retired servicewomen and women in the RCMP to join the Legion,” says Eagles.
“Likewise, we salute our Ladies’ Auxiliary. During WWI, as wounded soldiers returned home, women were asked to help with their recovery by visiting hospitals, sending parcels to the hospitalized and to needy families. While their roles may have changed over the years, the women of the Ladies’ Auxiliary deserve a moment of recognition on this the International Women’s Day’s 104th anniversary, for their continued outstanding support for our military members, Veterans and their families,” concludes Eagles.
In 2012, The Royal Canadian Legion marked 70 years of service by Canada’s military women by sponsoring several activities and issuing a special commemorative pin6.
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