Celebrating International Women’s Day 2017

On March 8th we celebrated International Women’s Day with a film screening and panel discussion of the award winning documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide at Latitude 53. Our sold out event welcomed local Edmontonians to eat yummy desserts and learn more about challenges faced by women around the world. We also had the opportunity to attend the Women’s Day celebration at City Hall! Thanks to everyone who attended our event for the stimulating discussion and enjoyable evening. Check out tweets and pictures from the night below and a full look at our International Women’s Day ‘WOMAN’ campaign. We hope you had a fantastic International Women’s Day and we hope to see you at next year’s celebration!

The federal Ministry of Status of Women Canada says “the idea for an International Women’s Day arose out of a long-standing movement for women to participate equally in society.” We couldn’t agree more. But participating equally, and thriving in society means different things to each woman. To celebrate the diversity in the female experience, we asked our active members to answer what woman means to them. Here is what they said:
The empowerment of women in all their diversity is the key to the betterment and success of our society. Here’s what being a woman means to some of our active members.
Women in Canada earn about 72% of men’s wages for similar work (Making Women Count, 2016). The Canadian Women’s Foundation states that a “large portion of the wage gap remains unexplained and is partly due to discrimination.” In addition to wage discrimination, many women face racism, homophobia, transphobia and other forms of oppression that further limit their choices and ability to live authentically. Merriam-Webster lists one definition of choice as “power of choosing.” To choose how you exist and participate in life is powerful and life changing.
Being an empowered woman starts at a young age. The United Nations reports, “after their first decade, girls face massive barriers to information about puberty, reproductive health, gender-based violence, mental health and self esteem.” This past year, we changed our focus to girls’ self-esteem and mental health. Because we know healthy, empowered girls, become healthy and empowered women. This International Women’s Day we salute all the girls and women out there living boldly and confidently in their truth. We are committed to alleviating the impact low self-esteem and mental health have on girls through funding, voluntarism and supporting initiatives dedicated to girls’ empowerment.