International Women’s Day has been celebrated every year, throughout the world, since the late 1800s. It began as a way to bring attention to women’s oppression and inequality and continues today to celebrate how far women have come.
International Women’s Day also serves as a reminder of what still can be done to further women’s equality throughout the world.
This year on International Women’s Day, Thursday, March 8, you’re invited to join the SAFE Society at Java Jive Neighbourhood Bistro (on the corner of Alexander and the Trans-Canada Highway) for a fun and casual evening coffeehouse, 5 to 7 p.m.
Bring a friend, your mother, grandmother, teacher, co-workers or mentor and celebrate this day together. It will feature live music by Making Do.
At the turn of the century, in the midst of social turbulence, International Women’s Day was born in the hearts of women who persevered through strikes, fights and demonstrations for the right to vote, fair wages and decent working conditions.
On March 8, woman can join together to celebrate the courage and strength of women throughout the world – the heroic women of the past and modern-day heroines. International Women’s Day is also a day to contemplate and discuss change, as women throughout the world continue to be excluded from the political, economic and social process.
It is a time to ask important questions about why women are still the target of gender-based violence, why young women are being raised to hate their bodies, why women still make less money than men and why women do not have equal representation in government.