Mayor Miller to proclaim March 8 International Women's Day

    TORONTO, March 5 /CNW/ - Mayor David Miller will proclaim March 8 as
International Women's Day in the City of Toronto.
    "We must use this opportunity to reflect on the progress made toward
women's equality and to re-commit ourselves to breaking down the barriers
women continue to face," said Mayor Miller. "All orders of government and all
sectors have an obligation to ensure equality for women."
    In 1977, the United Nations proclaimed March 8 as International Women's
Day to commemorate the deaths of 145 mostly poor immigrant women, who were
killed in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City on March
25, 1911.
    "The City has taken many positive steps and there is much to celebrate,
but we must remember that women continue to face obstacles which are
compounded by poverty, race, disability and immigrant status," said Councillor
Pam McConnell.
    An art exhibition themed "A Century of Women's Work" will open at Toronto
City Hall on Monday, March 5 at a commemoration ceremony starting at 5.30 p.m.
The exhibition, curated by the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in
co-operation with the Ontario Federation of Labour, includes work by 10
Canadian women artists. A piece of art created for each decade beginning in
1900, reflects the social issues that were important for that decade.
    Information displays from women's organizations will also be at Toronto
City Hall throughout the week. The art exhibition closes on March 15, 2007.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic
engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North
America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for
quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is
dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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For further information: Media contacts: Councillor Pam McConnell, (416)
392-7916; Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community
Engagement, City Manager's Office, (416) 392-6824; Stuart Green, Office of the
Mayor, (416) 338-7110

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