Statement by Patricia Erb, President and CEO, Save the Children, on International Women's Day

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TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Mar 8, 2013) - Today, Save the Children celebrates International Women''s Day (IWD), which recognizes the achievements of women, and the advances women have made in fulfilling their human rights. This day also serves as an important reminder that although much progress has been made, there is still critical work to be done in closing equity gaps and creating positive and sustainable change for women and girls.

Patricia Erb, President & CEO Save the Children:

"On this International Women''s Day, Save the Children recognizes that equality of girls and women is not only a moral obligation, it is the foundation of successful development," said Patricia Erb, President and CEO of Save the Children Canada. "We also recognize that to achieve equality for women and girls, boys and men must be part of the solution.

"Inequality leads to inequity. If we are ever to succeed in reducing the preventable deaths of children, improving their health and education and reducing poverty we must win the battle against inequality in all forms, particularly gender inequality.

"Save the Children wholeheartedly believes that children and youth, girls and boys, have a vital role to play in promoting gender equality and in the development of programs to uphold this right."

Visit our website to learn more about our work supporting women through the Benishangul Gumuz Food Security and Economic Growth Project in Ethiopia: http://bit.ly/savethechildrenblog.

Interviews with Patricia Erb are available. Please call: 1-800-668-5036 x222 or off hours at (647) 273-7134.

About Save the Children

Save the Children is a leader among the international community in applying a gender lens to our development programming. Our goal is to ensure that girls and boys can equally participate in and benefit from the work we do, so we can bring about sustainable, positive change for all children.

Save the Children is the world''s leading independent organization for children, delivering programs and improving children''s lives in more than 120 countries worldwide. Working toward a world in which every child attains the equal right to survival, protection, development and participation, Save the Children''s mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Learn more at www.savethechildren.ca and www.facebook.com/savethechildren.ca.

Contact:
Save the Children
Bryna Jones
Manager, Communications
Toll Free: 1-800-668-5036 x222 or Tel: (416) 221-5501 x222
Cell: (647) 273-7134
bjones@savethechildren.ca

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