Canada Celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8th

Happy International Women’s Day!! International Women’s Day has been celebrated since the early 1900s as a way of promoting an understanding of the challenges facing women and girls.

Each year, organisations, governments and women’s groups around the world choose different themes that reflect global and local gender issues. This year, The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women announced that Canada had chosen the theme of “Girls’ Rights Matter.”

To learn more about girls in Canada, visit the Girls Action Foundation and take a look at their newly released publication Girls in Canada Today: National Opinion Poll & Report on the Status of Girls. The report answers the questions:

  • What are the issues facing girls in Canada today?
  • What do Canadians think about girls’ opportunities and challenges?
  • How important is equality between boys and girls as a Canadian value?

You might also want to take a look at the Honour your SPARK campaign. Today might be the perfect day to honour the woman who made a difference in your life. You can add this person to the site’s Honour Roll and/or send her an e-card.