International Women's Day Committee
International Women's Day (8 March) is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world. In many countries it is a national holiday. The idea of International Women's Day was first conceived in the early 1900's and is rooted in socialist, labour and peace movements in Europe and North America. Today it is commemorated in countries North and South and is seen as a rallying point for efforts to demand women's rights and participation in all aspects of their lives. In Prince Edward Island and around the world, International Women's Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the courage and determination of ordinary women who have contributed to the history of women's rights.
The PEI International Women's Day Committee, started in 2006, includes representatives of Cooper Institute, CUSO, the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, WUSC (World University Services Canada), PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre, PEI Native Council, CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees), PEI Association of Newcomers to Canada, PEI Department of Education, UPEI Women's Centre and Women's Network PEI.
The Theme, chosen in 2006 - Together in Courage; Building, Visioning, Organizing, Celebrating - is to be used for at least two more years.
Since in 06-07 six major trade unions in PEI were led by women, the decision was taken to use March 8 to honour and celebrate the contributions of those leaders. We were fortunate to be able to bring Alejandrina Ibañez, a social activist from Bolivia, to PEI (IWD '07 was supported by CUPE's Global Action Fund, CUSO and the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women). The gala event on March 8th included a roundtable discussion that included the six PEI leaders and Alejandrina.
Women in the Environment was the theme of Internatonal Womens Day in 2008.
Women in the Arts