Persons Day is celebrated in Canada each year on October 18th. This occasion marks the pivotal moment in 1929 when five Canadian women – Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, and Nellie McClung – won the right for women to be legally recognized as ‘persons’ in Canada.
The Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case is a great opportunity to nominate an outstanding individual who have enhanced the quality of life for women and girls and advanced gender equality in Canada. They are celebrated each year for their efforts as dedicated professionals, volunteers, advocates, and inspiring role models. The recipient of these awards exemplify the courage, integrity and hard work demonstrated by the Famous Five of the Persons Case. Award recipients are selected by an independent jury. Each year, the jury considers nominations submitted by individuals or groups following an open nomination period. Five recipients are chosen from among the individuals nominated.
So take this amazing opportunity to bring forward an amazing individual, to award and celebrate their hard work to advance gender equality in Canada.
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. If you want someone recognized for this year, nominations have to be submitted by July 3.
October 18 is celebrated as Persons Day, and the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case are awarded each year in October to mark the historic Persons Case decision. The Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case recognize individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the goal of #equality for women and girls in Canada. Nominate someone today!
If you know someone who has championed the advancement of #genderequality, we encourage you to nominate someone for this prestigious award. People of all genders can be nominated for the #GGAward. The deadline to nominate someone is July 3.
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