March 8 is https://cfc-swc.gc.ca/commemoration/iwd-jif/index-en.htmlInternational Women’s Day, a time to celebrate the contributions of women and girls everywhere; to recognize women who inspire us all; and to renew discussion about the importance of gender equality in Canada and around the world. 

International Women’s Day 2021 Theme: #ChooseToChallenge 

A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.

We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge.

Individuals and organizations are invited to send in their #ChooseToChallenge images to https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Theme as they share images from around the world in the lead up to and on International Women's Day 2021.

So strike the #ChooseToChallenge pose with your hand high to show your commitment to choose to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world.

Status of Women Canada 2021 Theme: #FeministRecovery

This International Women’s Day, Status of Women Canada (https://cfc-swc.gc.ca/commemoration/iwd-jif/theme-en.html) invites you to take a pledge to advance gender equality and support an inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by using #FeministRecovery on your social media accounts. An inclusive recovery offers the opportunity to advance gender equality and provide economic and social stability for all Canadians.

COVID-19 has identified fundamental gaps in our society and disproportionately impacted those who were already marginalized, vulnerable or struggling. On every front, the COVID-19 pandemic has eroded hard-fought gains to gender equality. From layoffs to lack of child care to increased unpaid work to the rise of domestic violence, women have been most deeply impacted by the health and economic crisis.

The Government of Canada is working to create an Action Plan for Women in the Economy to help women get back into the workforce and ensure a feminist, intersectional response to this pandemic and recovery. This Plan will be led by a diverse task force of experts and guide a whole-of-government approach.

There are new opportunities and responsibilities to reimagine the role of women, and rebuild a brighter more inclusive future for everyone.

Suggested Activities: Celebrating International Women’s Day

Compiled from: http://www.etfopeel.com/EN/committees/statusofwomen.cfm

The following is a list of suggestions to help you celebrate International Women’s Day and the week of March 8th. To help ensure success of any organized event or activity with your students, choose something that suits both your audience and your purpose. Almost every idea can be adapted to suit a classroom setting.

  • Discuss with students the history of International Women’s Day and the purpose for celebrating such a special day.
  • Ask that an announcement be made in the school, along with a brief history of the reason for the day.
  • Write a special diary entry celebrating your won achievements as a woman and what contributions you have made to education.
  • Consider your own economic security. Do you know the facts about your family economics?
  • Read the Alberta Teachers’ Association recent article, Examining Women in Educational Leadership in the Teaching Profession found on the Canadian Teachers Federation website (https://www.ctf-fce.ca/blog-perspectives/women-in-educational-leadership-in-the-teaching-profession/).
  • Explore statistical information about women in the workforce with your older students.
  • Have students make posters to display on International Women’s Day.
  • Share the information you learn about it with someone you think does not understand the need for an “International Women’s Day.”
  • Organize a fundraiser and send the proceeds to support a cause related to the Status of Women. For example, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, which is a Canadian volunteer solidarity group committed to raising awareness to the plight of women in Afghanistan (http://www.cw4wafghan.ca/).
  • Spread the word about International Women’s Day by sending an email or e-card greeting to friends, family, and colleagues that includes a link to the Status of Women Canada website (https://cfc-swc.gc.ca/commemoration/iwd-jif/index-en.html).
  • Place a special message on your fax cover sheet, your voicemail, your website, your email signature, on your computer screen saver, or on your employees’ pay envelopes.
  • Use the social media shareables produced by Status of Women Canada https://cfc-swc.gc.ca/commemoration/iwd-jif/index-en.html.
  • Use the social media shareables produced by https://www.internationalwomensday.com/
  • Produce and display your own International Women’s Day poster.
  • Show an appropriate video for your audience on issues of concern to women and hold a discussion afterwards. You may even want to have a special guest participate and lead the discussion.
  • Network and exchange information with local community groups that work to promote women’s equality and rights.
  • Hold a discussion on a topic of concern to the women in your workplace or community. Topics could include: Women and the Internet, Women and the Media, Women in Non-traditional Roles, Wage Gap between Women and Men, Stereotyping and Socio-sexual Roles, Women’s Struggles and Challenges, Balancing Work and Family Responsibilities, Career Choices, Education and Training for Women, Women and Sports, Human Rights of Women, Women and Armed Conflict, Women and the Peace Process, Women and Globalization, Violence against Women, Women and Poverty, Women’s Health Issues, Sharing Power and Decision-Making, Feminism, Gender Relations, Women and Science, Women and the Environment, Women and Research, Women and Volunteer Work.
  • Set up an information fair with displays featuring local resources for women.
  • Hold a “brown-bag” lunch and invite women from several generations to share their personal experiences and efforts to achieve women’s equality.
  • Interview women who have made a positive difference for women in your community or globally. Write an article about them for a local paper or newsletter.
  • Present a show, concert, or a play related to women’s struggles for equality and donate the proceeds to a women’s organization.
  • Organize a photo or art exhibit in your local library, the cafeteria at work or school, etc. featuring works created by women. Invite women’s organizations and the general public to attend the activity.
  • Organize a fundraising event for a women’s organization or shelter.
  • Ask the students to work on a project about women’s challenges or gender equality. They could write a composition, a poem, a book report, a speech, or do a research paper.
  • Lead a discussion on what students can do in their home, at school or in the community to bring women closer to equality.
  • Launch a photography, video, drawing, poetry or essay contest in your school. Perhaps a local store could offer a prize.

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Helpful Resources: Celebrating International Women’s Day


Please contact Pamela Langille, NSTU Staff Liaison for the Status of Women Committee if you have any questions or require additional information at plangille@staff.nstu.ca.