Indira  Naidoo-Harris
Indira Naidoo-Harris

Indira Naidoo-Harris has been named Ontario’s First Minister of Women’s issues and Minister Responsible for Early years and Child Care by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

It is being acclaimed widely as a significant appointment for Naidoo-Harris, who’s of Indian descent and migrated to Canada from South Africa with her parents and siblings way back in 1967 as a child.

She’s a Member of Ontario Provincial Parliament from Halton.

In her new ministerial position, Naidoo-Harris task will be to ensure implementation of the province’s “Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment” against women.

She “will oversee an ambitious and activist agenda, enacting a growing number of important policies related to the economic empowerment of women and the prevention of violence against women and girls,” said an official press release.

"I am committed to advancing gender equality across the province,” said Naidoo-Harris after her appointment.

“As Minister I will work tirelessly to make Ontario a place of fairness and opportunity, so women and girls can all reach their full potential free from the fear of sexual violence and harassment.”

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