Each year on March 8, International Women’s Day (IWD), women around the world take time to celebrate the achievements of women and to reflect on our current status, demanding legal and economic equality and freedom from violence
International Women’s Day has its roots in the international labour, socialist, and peace movements that were active early in the 20th century. IWD has been celebrated on March 8 since 1917 and is a national holiday in many countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Like Labour Day, International Women’s Day provides a focus for the necessary activism of the day. In 2008, the Canadian Labour Congress launched a year-long campaign on women's economic equality. In 2000 and 2005, the World March of Women launched its global campaigns on IWD.
Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario is again producing t-shirts (PDF |Word) in recognition of International Women’s Day. Many locals buy them for members, to distribute at local IWD events, and to use as fund-raisers for community women’s groups.
Visit the Celebrating Women's Achievements website by Library and Archives Canada.
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