Daniel Beals: Federal NDP Candidate
Statement for International Women’s Day
March 8, 2015
Friends, Sisters and Brothers, and Community Members,
Today is International Women’s Day and the Kingston & the Islands New Democrats are very proud to recognize the efforts of women in Canada and around the world to improve the status of women in our culture and in the economy.
This day is always doubly meaningful to me, because it is my mother’s birthday and I am thankful for all of the help and support she has given me in my personal growth, as well as my work and political life.
As New Democrats, we are proud to celebrate the progress that has been achieved by women, but we are also mindful of the work that needs to be done for women to reach equal status in the economy, in freedom from rape culture and violence, and in recognition for their abilities as community leaders.
We will not give up that fight until a more fair and just society has been achieved, and we are steadfast in our hope and conviction that we can achieve meaningful change.
On a personal level, I am also mindful of the great privilege that exists for me in my daily life – especially as a political figure. Those elements of privilege sometimes make it difficult to be a truly progressive and helpful ally for women, but I am fortunate of having women in my life who graciously provide understanding, education, and inspiration.
Thank you for all of these things. Keep fighting the good fight.
Daniel J. Beals
Federal Candidate – Kingston & the Islands New Democrats