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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 17, Number 5, March 2005

International Women's Day, March 8

March 8 is the day we celebrate women’s history and achievements. It is an opportunity to honour the extraordinary courage and determination of women everywhere who work to make our world safer and more just. International Women’s Day, March 8, recognized at the United Nations, a national holiday in many countries, is observed by women’s groups around the world. Most communities in B.C. organize an event to mark International Women’s Day, so please contact your local women’s centre (if you still have one) to find out what will be happening in your community on March 8.

On International Women’s Day

• Teach your students about the history of International Women’s Day, about the contemporary women’s movement, and about issues that are of great concern to women.

• Join your community celebrations.

• Organize an event for your community.

Online resources

• Status of Women Canada (for organizers‚ tool kit, poster, buttons) www.swc-cfc.gc.ca

• Canadian Women’s Internet Directory directory.womenspace.ca

• Celebrating Women’s Achievements, National Library of Canada, www.nlc-bnc.ca/women

• The United Nations, www.un.org/ecosocdev/geninfo/women/womday97.htm

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