As Minister for Status of Women, the Honourable Rona Ambrose is a champion of women's rights.
Minister Ambrose has worked tirelessly and courageously to address the problem of violence against women and girls. She has shown leadership by raising awareness of honour crimes in Canada and promoting equal rights for Aboriginal women.
She led Canada's call for an "International Day of the Girl" at the United Nations to help raise awareness of the discrimination girls face, as well as their tremendous potential. The House of Commons unanimously supported a motion put forward by Ms. Ambrose to have Canada lead this international campaign. The resolution designating the International Day of the Girl was adopted by the UN General Assembly on December 19, 2011. Canada celebrated the first International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2012.
First elected as a Member of Parliament in 2004, Minister Ambrose was re-elected in 2006, 2008, and 2011. When named Minister of the Environment, she was the youngest woman appointed to Cabinet in Canadian history. She has subsequently held the portfolios of Intergovernmental Affairs, Western Economic Diversification, and Labour.
Today, Ms. Ambrose is Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Receiver General, Minister for the Status of Women, Minister Responsible for Western Economic Diversification, Shared Services Canada and Vice-Chair, Treasury Board.
Her community service has included a lifelong involvement in organizations working to end violence against women, including the Status of Women's Action Group, the Victoria Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse Crisis Centre, and the Edmonton Women's Shelter.
Ms. Ambrose holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria, Masters degree from the University of Alberta and speaks four languages.
She recently took her passion for hiking to a new level by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.