Across the city of Toronto, we prepare for International Women's Day - a time of year that sparks celebration, awareness, and strength around the world. What do you have planned this year?
To kick off the week, here is some background information about International Women's Day, this year's theme, and some tips for what to do to celebrate!
Origins of International Women’s Day
We can trace the beginnings of International Women’s Day back to labour movements in North America and Europe in the early twentieth century, with a growing force for women to take part as equals in society. The first International Women’s Day was observed on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. That day, more than one million women and men showed their support by participating in public events. In the years that followed, other countries began to observe and celebrate this day. The United Nations began celebrating IWD in 1975, later adopting March 8 as the official International Women’s Day.
Other Ways to Get Involved
Here are ten ideas from “The Status of Women Canada” for how you can celebrate International Women’s Day:
What's On in Toronto?
Here are some opportunities to get involved here in Toronto:
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