UWOFA supports International Women's Day

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is celebrating International Women's Day by attending the 19th annual International Women's Day Breakfast on Friday, March 8 at the London Convention Centre.

The International Women's Day Breakfast is an annual fundraiser held in support of 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 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.

"UWOFA is committed to ensuring that our workplace reflects the diversity of persons that naturally abounds," said UWOFA president Dan Belliveau. "I look forward to the day when we can reflect back on inequality as a historical issue but until that time, International Women's Day reminds us that we must persevere in ensuring that equity of representation for women, people with disabilities, racialized persons and our Indigenous and Aboriginal colleagues remains on the forefront of our actions and intentions. Please take a moment on March 8 to reflect on how you can personally contribute to moving us forward on this important issue."