International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme is #PressForProgress as we continue to address Gender Parity. The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report states that the gender gap is widening and that it will take 217 years to achieve gender parity globally. Of the 144 countries assessed, Canada ranks # 16.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, CFUW Milton and District is hosting two community events:
- Wednesday, March 7th @ 7:30 p.m.: Screening the short film, “50/50 – The Past, Present and Future of Women + Power”, followed by a panel discussion, including Milton Town Councillor Cindy Lunau. Open to the public, this free event will take place at the Milton Sports Centre, in the Banquet Room.
- Thursday, March 8th@ 10:00 a.m.: Starting at Milton Town Hall with a Proclamation by Mayor Gordon Krantz, we invite members of our community to march in downtown Milton to raise awareness for Gender Parity. We recommend people arrive between 9:30 – 9:45.
CFUW Milton and District is part of a national non-profit, non-partisan organization of women committed to raising the social and legal status of women and girls and advocating on issues related to human rights, education, the environment, social justice and peace.
On the local level, the club has held an annual used book sale for 45 years to raise funds for scholarships for young women, organized election forums for national and provincial elections and forged community partnerships within the community of Milton and Halton. The club, founded in 1962, is celebrating its 56th anniversary this year.