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Women's Day luncheon March 8 at Yarmouth town hall, hosted by TCWC

Co-chairs of the Tri-County Women’s Centre’s International Women’s Day luncheon: Bernadette MacDonald (left) and Anne Sweeney. The luncheon will be held March 8 at the Yarmouth town hall.
Co-chairs of the Tri-County Women’s Centre’s International Women’s Day luncheon: Bernadette MacDonald (left) and Anne Sweeney. The luncheon will be held March 8 at the Yarmouth town hall.

YARMOUTH -- As it prepares to mark International Women’s Day this year, the Tri-County Women’s Centre hopes to shine a brighter light on the day and what it represents.

Organizers of the centre’s upcoming Women’s Day event – a luncheon to be held Wednesday, March 8, at the Yarmouth town hall – view their event this year in the context of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

“The Tri-County Women’s Centre has always celebrated International Women’s Day,” said Anne Sweeney, co-chair of the Yarmouth luncheon, “but we felt where this was the 150th (anniversary of Confederation) that we should bring more attention to it and bring more focus to women’s issues and gender equity issues.”

Having the Yarmouth luncheon at the town hall is part of the effort to raise the profile of International Women’s Day during this special year for Canada.

“Often we have a celebration here at the women’s centre,” said Bernadette MacDonald, also co-chair of the event, “but we wanted it to be more public this year.”

Norma Jean Profitt will be the guest speaker. A Yarmouth resident, Profitt was one of five Canadians last fall to receive the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. The award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions in pursuit of gender equality.

The first Women’s Day observance was over a century ago – in 1909 – in New York in commemoration of the previous year’s strike by garment workers there. The day became official and went international within a couple of years.

The day’s theme for this year is Be Bold for Change.

Said Sweeney, “International Women’s Day is linked to improved labour standards and safety in the workplace for women. We encourage business owners in our community to purchase tickets (for the Yarmouth luncheon), especially for their female employees, enabling them to come to this celebratory event.”

Sponsored by the Friends of the Tri-County Women’s Centre, the Yarmouth event is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Proceeds will support programs for women and girls at the Tri-County Women’s Centre.

While International Women’s Day is a great time to highlight the accomplishments of women – perhaps particularly so this year, given Canada’s 150th birthday – MacDonald says it’s important also to remember that there is a good deal left to do.

“Certainly we can celebrate our achievements,” she said, “but we also have to recognize that there’s still a lot more to be done.”

Organizers of the centre’s upcoming Women’s Day event – a luncheon to be held Wednesday, March 8, at the Yarmouth town hall – view their event this year in the context of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

“The Tri-County Women’s Centre has always celebrated International Women’s Day,” said Anne Sweeney, co-chair of the Yarmouth luncheon, “but we felt where this was the 150th (anniversary of Confederation) that we should bring more attention to it and bring more focus to women’s issues and gender equity issues.”

Having the Yarmouth luncheon at the town hall is part of the effort to raise the profile of International Women’s Day during this special year for Canada.

“Often we have a celebration here at the women’s centre,” said Bernadette MacDonald, also co-chair of the event, “but we wanted it to be more public this year.”

Norma Jean Profitt will be the guest speaker. A Yarmouth resident, Profitt was one of five Canadians last fall to receive the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. The award recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions in pursuit of gender equality.

The first Women’s Day observance was over a century ago – in 1909 – in New York in commemoration of the previous year’s strike by garment workers there. The day became official and went international within a couple of years.

The day’s theme for this year is Be Bold for Change.

Said Sweeney, “International Women’s Day is linked to improved labour standards and safety in the workplace for women. We encourage business owners in our community to purchase tickets (for the Yarmouth luncheon), especially for their female employees, enabling them to come to this celebratory event.”

Sponsored by the Friends of the Tri-County Women’s Centre, the Yarmouth event is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Proceeds will support programs for women and girls at the Tri-County Women’s Centre.

While International Women’s Day is a great time to highlight the accomplishments of women – perhaps particularly so this year, given Canada’s 150th birthday – MacDonald says it’s important also to remember that there is a good deal left to do.

“Certainly we can celebrate our achievements,” she said, “but we also have to recognize that there’s still a lot more to be done.”

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