Rona Ambrose previously served as the Leader of the Official Opposition, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, and Member of Parliament for Sturgeon River – Parkland, Alberta. She was first elected in 2004, and has been re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2011, and most recently in 2015. When she was appointed Minister of the Environment in 2006, she was the youngest woman to be appointed to Cabinet in Canadian history. She served in Cabinet in a variety of positions continuously from 2006 to 2015.
Ms. Ambrose is particularly proud to have served as the Minister for Status of Women from 2010 to 2013. In this position, she worked tirelessly to address the problem of violence against women and girls. She led Canada’s call for an “International Day of the Girl” at the United Nations to help raise awareness of the discrimination faced by girls, 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.
In her earlier years, as an undergraduate student, she volunteered at the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre, and what she saw there had a profound impact on her life.
She met women who had been targeted because their attackers were confident they could get away with it. She met young women – some students, some not — who were violently assaulted when their date wouldn’t take “no” as an answer. And she met young people – both women and men – who had been violated by the very family members who were meant to protect them.
These experiences continue to drive Ms. Ambrose to make an impact in the lives of women and girls, in Canada and around the world.