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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 16, Number 3, January/February 2004

International Women’s Day

On March 8, Canadians, together with others around the world will celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). Established by the United Nations in 1977, this special day provides an opportunity to celebrate the gains women have made and to reflect on the work and challenges that remain.

The Honourable Jean Augustine, secretary of state (multiculturalism and status of women), announced in March 2003 that the Canadian theme for IWD/IWW 2004 would be "World-Wide Women (www): Surfing the Digital Revolution!" She stated that the theme will encourage Canadians to take a closer look at the impact of information and communication technologies on women and ICTs’ use as tools to empower women and to promote women’s equality.

Watch for a poster to celebrate International Women’s Day in the January school mailing. Ideas to celebrate can be found in the BCTF Gender Equity Guide available from BCTF Lesson Aids.

For a listing of various activities happening across the country to mark International Women’s Week, check the Status of Women web site at www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/dates/iwd/index_e.html#calendar .

– Margaret Ross

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