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International women’s day events

March 7th, 2007     by Nicole Cohen     Comments

Following up Allison’s post below: if International Women’s Day, as Zoe Williams aptly puts it, isn’t about “fun-packed dancing from around the world, spice workshops and fashion shows,” (which I mostly agree with, although I do think protests/actions/events can and should be fun), then what is it about?

In Toronto, this year’s IWD is about continuing the struggle to raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour, which would be enough to see a person who works full-time, full-year, be lifted above the poverty line. It’s about addressing systemic violence against women. It’s about confronting the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It’s about demanding our right to a national childcare program. But I also think it’s about celebrating women’s struggles for social justice, at home and around the world.

Here are some event listings, please add to them in the comments section, especially events outside of Toronto.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY RALLY, MARCH, IWD FAIR Saturday, March 10, 2007 - Rally 11 a.m., March 1 p.m., Fair 1:30 p.m. OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor Street West (St. George Subway), ending at Ryerson, 55 Gould Street

HOTEL WORKERS RISING - CITY HALL IWD RALLY March 8, 2007, 5 p.m. - City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square

Over 4500 workers are now covered by the Toronto standard, with 15 hotels still holding out. We made tremendous strides last year as a worker-community movement, and won collective agreements that are good for the community as a whole. Now, one year after sisters from UNITE HERE led our International Women’s Day march, we are taking our movement to the next level.

On March 8, we are declaring to our city, our community and our fellow workers, both union and non-union, that the fight to raise standards in the hospitality industry has just begun. We must secure the standard for the remaining 15 hotels. We must make our gains real within the organized hotels, and stay strong. We must take the fight against poverty to the next level, and demand that non-union hotels begin to respect workers’ rights.

BROWNGIRLWORLD 7: DREAMING OF FREEDOM - AN IWD PARTY! Friday, March 9, 2007, 8 p.m. - Goodhandy’s - Church at Richmond

Come celebrate IWD at Browngirlworld 7: Dreaming of Freedom, bringing you yet another night of the fiercest, sexiest spoken word, drag and performance by queer and trans artists of colour! On IWD, these diverse artists will explore what it means to be free as queer and trans people of colour.

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