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Celebrating International Women’s Day with the Theme ‘Invest in Women’

Robert Cannon

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International Women’s Day

As we approach the much-anticipated International Women’s Day on March 8, Canadians, newcomers, and global citizens are gearing up to celebrate the economic, social, political, and cultural achievements of women. This year’s theme, “Invest in women: Accelerate progress” resonates with the spirit of unity and diversity.

International Women’s Day Canada Theme 2024

The Government of Canada has aptly themed International Women’s Day 2024 as “Invest in women: Accelerate progress.” This theme serves as a rallying cry, reminding us that gender equality is a cornerstone for building healthier, more prosperous, and inclusive communities. The call to action is clear – everyone has a role in creating a future where individuals can achieve their full potential, emphasizing that women’s success is everyone’s success.

International Women’s Day, first observed on March 19, 1911, in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland, has evolved into a powerful global movement. With over a million women and men supporting this initiative in its early years, it officially became a part of the United Nations agenda in 1975. March 8 became the designated day to recognize and celebrate the ongoing struggle for women’s equality. Over the years, March 8 has transformed into a day of global activism and celebration, symbolizing collective efforts toward women’s equality worldwide.

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 The Role of Immigrant Women in Canada’s Growth

Amidst the unprecedented population growth in Canada, with women constituting half of this expansion, Immigration Minister Marc Miller reaffirmed the commitment to settle 485,000 newcomers in 2024 and 500,000 in 2025. Immigrant women play a pivotal role in Canada’s labor market, with 4,200,630 contributing in 2022. Statistics Canada reveals that 2.9 million of these women are visible minorities, showcasing the diverse fabric of Canada’s workforce.

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In Canada, women boast an 83 percent participation rate in the national workforce, a remarkable increase from just over 30 percent in 1976. This growth underscores the vital contribution of women to the country’s progress. However, the journey towards equality is ongoing, with newcomer women making up a substantial part of Canada’s labor force and population growth.

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Getting Involved in International Women’s Day 2024

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, there are numerous ways to get involved and make a difference:

  • Social Media Engagement: Follow the IWD website on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram. Share posts on March 8 using hashtags #IWD2024 and #InvestInWomen.
  • Virtual Meetings: Use the International Women’s Day 2024 background during virtual meetings.
  • Learn and Share: Explore Canadian women’s achievements through the Women in Canadian History timeline and gain insights into gender equality milestones in Canada.
  • Watch and Listen: Discover inspiring stories of Canadian women through Heritage Minutes videos.

International Women’s Day is not just a day; it is a movement towards a more inclusive and equal world. By celebrating newcomers and immigrant women on this occasion, we acknowledge their vital role in shaping Canada’s diverse and thriving communities. As we rally behind the theme, let us actively contribute to breaking down barriers and fostering a society where everyone, regardless of their background, can flourish.

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Let this International Women’s Day be a catalyst for positive change, inspiring inclusion, and accelerating progress for women across the globe.

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