Mr. Speaker, I rise today to bring attention to a very important initiative. Today marks the first day of Face Equality Week, a campaign to raise public awareness on the issue facial discrimination.
People with facial differences want us to know that they have value and deserve our respect.
AboutFace is the Canadian organization that is leading this cause. It will mark May 17 to 24 by addressing issues of bullying, focusing on education, employment discrimination and media bias.
For example, a vital step in the recovery of burn survivors is accepting their changed appearance and gaining confidence in social situations.
Let us take this time to pay attention to the difficulties experienced by burn survivors and others whose faces have their own beauty.
Let us pledge to make our communities more welcoming and to celebrate the diversity of our differences and let us take on this challenge, face on.