The Confederation of Canadian Unions and its affiliates throughout the country proudly support International Women’s Day on March 8 every year. It’s the global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also marks a call to action for women’s empowerment and accelerating gender equity in income, politics, business, government and society as a whole. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first celebration created by the socialist movement in 1910.
In 2018, Status of Women Canada has commemorated this year’s theme to be #MyFeminism. Feminism is simply about equality – equality for women, men and people of all gender identities. Achieving gender equality means that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential. This year, we celebrate the feminist heroes who have helped pave the way towards equality.
In light of the rapidly growing #MeToo movement, which is helping to raise awareness about the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace, International Women’s Day will be more popular this year than ever before.
It’s important to note that the CCU was founded in 1969 by Madeleine Parent, one of country’s greatest feminists, union organizers and social activists. Parent passed away in 2012, and a poster was commemorated by the CCU to remember her life and work (download below).