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Happy International Women’s Day!

Posted on March 8th, 2013

Not too long ago, Beyonce pondered, “Who run the world?” before answering the question herself: “Girls!”

Around the world, women are not only celebrated for their courage and stance on equality, they are also respected for their grace and perseverance. Today, the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, we honour those achievements by women including  Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize nominee in history who risked her life for the cause of universal girls’ education.  

Here in Canada, people can participate in a worldwide celebration of women, peace and human rights. The theme this year is Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence against Women.

There are countless of organizations that work tirelessly through the year to help women on both a national and international level. Free The Children does significant work abroad that helps young girls get access to a proper education. YWCA run a number of programs in Toronto from leadership training for girls, employment programs and shelter and housing. Canadian Women’s Foundation help women to move out of violence by funding emergency shelters, support programs, and effective follow-up programs.

If you would like to learn more on the fight for gender equality, The National Film Board of Canada is streaming the documentary Status Quo: The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada free of charge for the next three days. Directed by Karen Cho, the documentary focuses on the past and present struggle for women’s rights in our country. It will uplift you and also inspire you to lend a hand in your own community.

Happy International Women’s Day!