International Women’s Day

On Saturday, March 10th Amnesty International, Group 82 will host an event at the L.E. Shore Library, 175 Bruce Street South, Thornbury from 1:30 to 3pm.

The event is an opportunity to see the documentary In the Crossfire: Louise Arbour & The Battle for Human Rights as well as a recent CBC interview with Ms. Arbour, UN Special Envoy on International Migration. Learn what Amnesty International is doing to help end gender-based violence around the world. The event is open to everyone. There has never been a better time than now to be inspired by the work of one extraordinary Canadian woman, whose impact has been felt world-wide.   A donation of $5 to cover costs is suggested.

In its various formats, ranging from a communist holiday to a UN sponsored event, International Women’s Day has been celebrated on March 8th since the early 1900’s. The roots of this day are in the Women’s and Socialist Movements of the early 1900’s. Women attending the Second International Conference of Socialist Women in Denmark in 1910, declared an International Women’s Day. Seventeen different countries supported the declaration.

International Women’s Day has been commemorated at the United Nations since 1975.

This special day provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress made to advance women’s equality, to assess the challenges facing women, to consider future steps to enhance the status of women and, of course, to celebrate the gains made in these areas.

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