March 8, Team Unite will join millions of women around the globe in celebrating International Women’s Day. On this day, we honour women’s activism and reaffirm our commitment to fighting for gender justice.
For over 100 years, International Women’s Day has been marked throughout the world as a day of celebration and a reminder of the many issues faced by women every day. In 1909, women marched through the streets of New York City, calling for shorter working hours, better pay, and voting rights. The next year, delegates at the Socialist International meeting in Copenhagen agreed to establish an International Women’s Day to honour the movement for women’s rights and call for universal suffrage.
While this may be a day for celebration, we are also reminded that women across the globe and in Canada continue to face gender-based violence and barriers to decent work, resulting in lower incomes. They also continue to bear a disproportionate and unjust share of unpaid caregiving responsibilities. The pandemic has only intensified these problems. For marginalized women, the impact of the pandemic has been even more disproportionate. Our shameful history of murdered and missing Indigenous women requires more concrete action and women who experience racism, homophobia, classism, ableism, transphobia, police brutality and other forms of discrimination face particular challenges that must be addressed.
As we continue our fight for women’s rights, we must recognize that all struggles for human rights and justice are interwoven. To achieve justice for all women, we must dismantle all forms of oppression faced by women.