MONDAY MARCH 8, 2010 International Women’s Day

article by Dora Robinson PWC

Celebrate in your community!

I have decided that looking for IWD Events in Region 3 is much like looking for a needle in a haystack! And for that reason, I leave it to you to discover celebrations, however modest that may honour IWD over the weekend of March 6-8, 2010 in communities near you.

As part of Region 3 falls into the Greater Toronto Area, you may find it convenient and exciting to attend the huge Toronto IWD Rally and March on Saturday March 6th. Rally starts @ 11am at OISE, march begins @ 1 pm and goes to Ryerson University for a Women’s Fair starting at 1:30 pm at the Ryerson Student Centre.

www.iwdtoronto.ca for further, if limited, information. Toronto theme this year is “FIGHTING FOR US ALL! ”

Of course, nobody can march on an empty stomach, so the Toronto and York Region Labour Council is sponsoring the annual Mary Spratt Breakfast Saturday March 6th, 9:00 – 10:30 am at the United Steelworkers Hall located at 25 Cecil Street, Toronto. Tickets are $8.00** per person.

All proceeds go to Toronto women’s shelters.

Speaking of labour councils, Region 3 locals who are located in York Region, are you affiliated with the Toronto and York Region Labour Council yet? Remember that OPSEU Head Office will reimburse no less than 90% of the cost of labour council affiliation as per the Constitution. Connect with labour in your community-Region 3 locals, affiliate with your labour council!

**As your Region 3 Provincial Women’s Committee Representative, it would be my pleasure to treat you to breakfast. If you email me with your intention to attend the Mary Spratt International Women’s Day Breakfast on Saturday March 6th, I will arrange to have pre-paid breakfast tickets for you at the desk under my name. Email me at dora.robinson@gmail.com

Also, for those of you in the Aurora, Newmarket, Bradford area and familiar with Upper Canada Mall, the York Region Violence Against Women Co-ordinating Committee is hosting an event on Monday March 8th at the mall. They are using the day as a public awareness opportunity, but also will have space allocated to provide services like henna, manicures, make-up tips, massage etc…for a small service fee to promote self-care for women.

Finally, the Canadian Auto Worker’s Eastern Women’s Network is hosting their 14th Annual IWD Breakfast on Sunday March 7th in Oshawa at the CAW Local 222 Union Hall at 1425 Phillip Murray Avenue. I will have a table of 10. Email me if you are interested in attending and I will reserve a ticket for you.

International Women’s Day-to remember and encourage one another in our struggles for peace, equal rights and social justice.

Celebrate!

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