2011 marks the global Centenary of International Women’s Day.

In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on member states to proclaim a day for women’s rights and international peace. Following the United Nations’ lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day. Each year at this time, Canadians celebrate progress toward equality for women and their full participation, reflect on the challenges and barriers that remain, and consider future steps to achieving equality for all women, in all aspects of their lives.

Read the PSAC Union Update – Spotlight on IWD at the national website.

Here is a listing of events in BC, check back as more will be added. Know of an event in your community? Let us know.

  • March 3: The Vancouver and District Labour Council’s Women’s Committee is holding a dinner on Thursday March 3, click here for details.
  • March 5: a parade will take place on Commercial Drive, followed by an indoor Festival at the Wise Hall on Victoria Drive in Vancouver. These events have been organized by a broad-based Planning Committee comprised of labour and community women and our organizations. The event is open to everyone and are designed to encourage family participation. To download a poster on this event click here. If you would like more information on how to enter the Parade and/or reserve a booth space at the Festival, please click here.
  • March 5: for information on Surrey’s 16th Annual International Women’s Day celebration on March 5 click here.
  • March 8: The B.C. Federation of Labour Annual International Women’s Day Breakfast will be held on March 8, 2011 at the Firefighter’s Hall in Burnaby from 7:30 – 9:00 am. For more information and to reserve your tickets, please see the poster and order form.  Order your tickets early as this event sells out each year and are sold on a first come, first serve basis.
  • March 8: The PSAC Victoria Regional Women’s Committee invites all PSAC women to “Celebrate Being a Woman” 6PM at the Victoria RO – click for details.
  • March 8: “Why Gender Matters in the Global Economy”- a lecture by Dr. Laura Parisi, Department of Women’s Studies, University of Victoria. Presented by the Wayward School – click for details.


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