March 8 commemorates International Women’s Day and it’s celebrated worldwide with events, protests, and other group activities to celebrate and keep calling to action gender equality.
International Women’s Day is a worldwide day to celebrate diverse achievements by women in different fields and raise awareness about women’s equality.
Although the day has different campaigns and aspects depending on the region or country, the official campaign theme of 2022, according to the official International Women’s Day website, is #BreakTheBias. The theme refers to the bias, either deliberately or unconsciously, women face in their everyday lives and when they try to move ahead in a field. Action against bias is needed rather than just acknowledging it exists.
The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. After many protests and gatherings that demanded decent work conditions, the first official IWD was held in Austria, Denmark, and other countries on March 19. However, later it was agreed to be celebrated annually on March 8. Learn more about the origin of IWD here.
Prude Inc, a nonprofit organization in Saint John, will host an online toast at 7 p.m. on Zoom. Women from across New Brunswick will talk about the importance of challenging biases and discrimination. To attend the event, people need to register here.
Additionally, Prude is collecting notes about inspirational women that will be shared on their website. Anyone that wants to send a note can do so through this form.