SCCC recognizes the importance of the ongoing struggle to achieve gender equality in Canada. This year’s IWD theme is #BreakTheBias.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.
Marked annually on March 8th, this day is one of the most important days of the year to:
This year’s international theme, #BreakTheBias, invites us to “imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated.” This year, we want to help #BreakTheBias and highlight how women changemakers inspire us all, change our systems and foster future leadership.
What You Can Do:
Strike the IWD 2022 pose. Cross your arms to show solidarity and share your #BreakTheBias or #IWD2022 image, video, resources, presentations, events or articles on social media using the #IWD2022 and #BreakTheBias hashtags.
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This year, SCCC would like to take this opportunity to help #BreakTheBias and honour our Canadian theme of Women Inspiring Women by recognizing how women have historically, and continue to, break down barriers, create new standards and challenge inequality in our communities, workplaces, schools, universities and all our institutions.
GENDER EQUALITY FOR SUSTAINABLE BEHAVIOUR: SOME THOUGHTS FOR THIS YEAR
The following quotes are from women leaders who are disrupting the narrative of the status quo, who are an inspiration- we need to know what came before to fight the inequities ahead:
“If we do not lift up women and families everyone will fall short.” KAMALA HARRIS
“Don’t let anyone speak for you and don’t rely on others to fight for you.” MICHELLE OBAMA
“Always aim high, work hard and care deeply about what you believe in. And when you stumble keep faith. And when you get knocked down get right back up and never listen to anyone who says you can’t or shouldn’t go on.” HILARY CLINTON
“You have to have confidence in your ability and then tough enough to follow through.”
“I do not want to be the angel of any home. I want for myself what I want for other women, absolute equality. After that is secured than men and women can take turns at being angels.” AGNES MACPHELL, FIRST WOMAN MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT IN CANADA
“The root of the world ‘society’ is ‘friendship and ‘companionship’. The concept is the base of the kaienerekowa, the Great Way of Peace, the Constitution of the Five Nations Iroquois. Confederacy The Great Law is a way of life that was given to us as we saw it. It’s how we are to relate to the universe which is the way that I have tried to live.”
KAHN-TINETA HORN, MOHAWK ACTIVIST
“Women only make up 20% of Canadians working in science, technology, engineering and math. (STEM) As one of Canada’s biggest industries it is time to change that.” JASIKA BRIONES
As we celebrate March 8th, International Women’s Day, globally, we pay homage to those women who paved the way for us, our grandmothers, mothers, sisters who each in their own way subconsciously and consciously, took risks, fighting for women’s equal place in society. Historically, we acknowledge Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Rosa Parks, Viola Davis, and the many politicized and talented arts leaders, from singers and songwriters such as Salome Bay to elected leaders such as Zanana Akande.
The era of “women should be seen and not heard” is now still existent but absolutely unacceptable. There are still countries that view women as “third class citizens” and see women in subservient roles.
Women today are still fighting to be part of decision- making processes; democratic participation and representation continue to be challenges to face.
Believe it or not, women are killed and imprisoned for fighting to have a voice in some countries. On this International Women’s Day, we, as mothers need to do more to raise our children, our young daughters, to be advocates and confident – we also need to equip them to be leaders, knowing their histories and the leadership that has paved our way in Canada.
Florence Umenyi, Parenting Program