Media Advisory - International Women's Day Toronto March & Rally - March 10, 2007



    TORONTO, March 2 /CNW/ - The 29th annual International Women's Day March
and Rally will be held in Toronto on March 10 to highlight the ongoing fight
for women's rights, equality, justice and peace.
    "This rally and march will bring together thousands of concerned citizens
who are speaking out on the need for an increase in the minimum wage to $10
per hour, an end to violence against women, the need for a national childcare
program and an end to war," said IWD co-chair Carolyn Egan.
    The rally will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 10 at the OISE
(Ontario Institute of Studies in Education) Auditorium located at 252 Bloor
Street West, Toronto. The march gets underway at 1 p.m. from the OISE
building.
    A fair and workshops will also be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at 55 Gould
Street (Ryerson Student Centre). All events are free.

    
    WHAT:     Rally and March to demand changes to the minimum wage in
              Ontario and throughout Canada - $10 per hour now! Stop violence
              against women. Stop the wars. A national daycare program now!

    WHEN:     Saturday, March 10, 2007
              - Rally: 11:00 a.m.
              - March: 1:00 p.m.
              - Fair & Workshops: 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.

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

    - Fair & Workshops will be held at 55 Gould Street (Ryerson Student
    Centre) - all events are free.

    Thousands will march through Toronto's downtown for women's rights,
equality, justice & peace, Hundreds of women's groups, community
organizations, peace activists and labour unions will participate.

    Here are some facts:

    -   70 per cent of minimum wage earners are women - more than half are
        immigrant and visible minority women.

    -   two million adult Canadian workers earn less than $10 per hour, of
        whom two-thirds are women.

    -   wage gap is 71 per cent for women in Canada; 64 per cent women of
        colour, 46 per cent Aboriginal women.

    -   1 million children in Canada have witnessed violence against their
        mothers.

    -   Status of Women Canada operational funding cut by 43 per cent.

    -   average cost of childcare in Toronto is $750.00 per month.

    -   29 per cent of Greater Toronto Area food bank users prevented from
        working due to cost or lack of access to childcare, most of whom are
        women.

    -   since 2006, zero childcare spaces have been created by the federal
        government.

    PHOTO & INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
    -   Call the contacts above to pre-book interviews. Interview
        opportunities during the Rally, March & Fair.
    -   Photo/video opportunities at the Rally & during the March along Bloor
        Street West & Yonge Street.

    For further details, visit online: www.iwdtoronto.com
    





For further information:

For further information: Chantal Sundram, (647) 223-3902, email:
chantal_sundaram@hotmail.com; Judy Vashti Persad, (416) 441-3663 ext. 224,
email: jpersad@labourcouncil.ca; Carolyn Egan, (416) 806-7985, email:
c.egan@sympatico.ca; Helen Chilas, (416) 466-7655 or cell: (416) 473-8238,
email: h-chilas@rogers.com

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