UWOFA celebrates International Women's Day

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is celebrating International Women’s Day by attending the 21st annual International Women’s Day Breakfast on Friday, March 5.

The event, which will be held virtually this year, is an annual fundraiser that supports the London Abused Women’s Centre.

The first National Woman’s Day was held in the United States in 1909 in recognition of a garment workers’ strike the year before. During that strike, employees protested against poor working conditions. The first International Women’s Day was observed in 1911 with the aim to achieve suffrage for women, the right to hold public office, the right to work, and an end to job discrimination.

Over the decades, International Women’s Day has become global in scope; in 1995, 189 governments signed the United Nations Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action which includes a vision for a world where women and girls have the right to an education, an income, and live in communities without violence and discrimination.

“On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the achievements of women and the collective steps that have been made toward equitable treatment of all genders. We are reminded of the need to persevere in challenging systemic sexism, inside and outside the workplace. And we recognize that all struggles for equity, justice and human rights are connected," said Beth MacDougall-Shackleton, UWOFA president. "UWOFA is proud to join the world in celebrating International Women’s Day, and invites our members to reflect on how they can personally contribute to advancing the fight for gender equity.”