UFCW 1006A is proud to raise awareness about embracing equity in celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD).
While IWD is globally observed on March 8, 1006A participated in a IWD rally in Toronto on March 4. 1006A is also raising awareness through our social media platforms.
“International Women’s Day is about celebrating the incredible contributions that women continue to make to our union as members, activists and leaders,” said President Wayne Hanley. “We are stronger as a union and as a labour movement because of generations of women who continue to make a difference. This year, we join millions around the world in affirming our continuing commitment to embrace equity in our workplaces and our communities and to build a more inclusive and just world for all.”
The theme of this year’s IWD is #embraceequity. The goal of this year’s campaign is to increase understanding about why equal opportunities are no longer enough and how equity and equality are different.
"It's important to celebrate this day to keep the achievements of women in the forefront and never forget our fight to get the recognition that we deserve," said Annie Sundar, a member of 1006A's Executive Board. "Women's issues should be recognized everyday."
"IWD is important for women to come together and support one another," said Caroline Brisebois, a member of 1006A's Executive Board. "We need to celebrate the wins and help each other through the losses. Women can empower women."
According to the official International Women Day website, the key to creating inclusive spaces lies in understanding the difference between equity and equality.
The website notes: "Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities. Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances, and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.”
Inequality and inequity marginalizes women, radicalized workers, disabled people, 2SLGBTQi workers, and the poor.
Graphics Courtesy of the International Women's Day Website