100 Years & Still Marching (1908 - 2008)



    Toronto International Women's Day March & Rally - Saturday March 8, 2008

    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - On Saturday, March 8th, 2008, thousands of
women, men and children will be on the streets of Toronto to march, celebrate
International Women's Day (IWD) and advance the theme: The Rising of the Women
Is the Rising of Us All! On this 100th year of resistance, we march in demand
for an End to Violence; End to War; our Right to Unionize; and Right to Equal
Pay.

    
    WHAT:     International Women's Day Rally and March:
              The Rising of the Women Is the Rising of Us All - 100 Years &
              Still Marching!

    WHEN:     Saturday, March 8, 2008; Rally: 11:00 a.m. March: 1:00 p.m.

    WHERE:    OISE Auditorium (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education);
              252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (adjacent to the St. George
              subway station)
    

    "A hundred years ago this year, women marched on March 8th, sparking a
movement that gave birth to the women's anthem 'Bread and Roses'. Today, women
are still marching for bread - for equal pay, childcare, and the right to join
a union; but also for roses - dignity, respect, and a world without violence
and war. We hope women and men in Toronto will join us in keeping this
tradition alive on Saturday March 8th," says Chantal Sundaram, a member of the
IWD Organizing Committee.
    "This Saturday is an important day to celebrate International Women's Day
and the progress we have made," states Jenny Ahn, CAW National Representative.
"Yet despite all the progress, it is important to recognize the struggle
continues so that all women can have equality in the world, in our country and
in our city here; so all women can have a decent standard of living, childcare
and housing. 100 years later, we are still here resisting, marching and
celebrating International Women's Day."
    According to Ayesha Adhami, Administrative Coordinator, Immigrant Women's
Health Centre, "As recently as 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the
Conservative Government cut funding to critical women's organizations such as
the Child Care Advocacy Group and the National Association of Women and the
Law. These decisions were based on the unrealistic premise that all women in
this country enjoy equal rights and freedoms, and further that nothing more
needs to be done! This government's short-sightedness and utter disconnect
from the realities faced by the wide-range of women who live in Canada today,
must be challenged loud and strong, and by the very women these policies
attempt to silence."
    "International Women's Day in Toronto brings together the diversity,
spirit and power of the women's movement in this city, and as a movement we
must fight to ensure all women have a future without poverty, violence and
discrimination," says Judy Vashti Persad of Women Working with Immigrant Women
and the Toronto & York Region Labour Council. Persad adds, "We must work
together to raise the economic standards of the most marginalized in our
society, if we are to be a just society."





For further information:

For further information: Chantal Sundaram: (647) 223-3902,
chantal_sundaram@hotmail.com; Ayesha Adhami: (416) 319-8214,
aadhami@immigranthealth.info; Judy Vashti Persad: (416) 441-3663, ext. 224,
jpersad@labourcouncil.ca; Carolyn Egan: (416) 806-7985, c.egan@sympatico.ca;
Visit online: www.iwdtoronto.com

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