March 8, celebrates International Women’s Day. The UN Theme will be prominent at this year’s Caucus on the Status of Women: Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty. The Canadian federal agency, Status of Women, is closely aligned in its theme by highlighting some of the issues that we still face as a country: Strong Women, Strong Canada – Women in Rural, Remote and Northern Communities: Key to Canada’s Economic Prosperity:
In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on member states to proclaim a day for women’s rights and international peace. Following the United Nations’ lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day.
Each year at this time, Canadians celebrate progress toward equality for women and their full participation, reflect on the challenges and barriers that remain, and consider future steps to achieving equality for all women, in all aspects of their lives.
(Reference March 8, 2012: http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/dates/iwd-jif/index-eng.html)
In celebration of this day, Soroptimist International of the Americas announced and congratulates all the participants of the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Art Contest, and to those winners! View them online: