International Women's Day
The first International Women's Day was observed on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. More than one million women and men showed their support of women by participating in public events.
In 1977 following the long-standing movements for women to participate equally in society, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed a day for women's rights and international peace. Following the United Nations' lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women's Day.
International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration. In many countries it is an official holiday. In Canada, more than 40 events will be held this year.
International Women's Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
This year's theme, "Equality for women is progress for all" emphasizes how gender equality, empowerment of women, women's full enjoyment of human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic and social development. It also stresses the vital role of women as agents of development.
All of us here at Effort Trust would like to add our sincere support of all the women in our lives.