This is International Women’s Day, a day to recognize women’s achievements and acknowledge the challenges they continue to face in the quest for gender equality. The United Nations theme in 2018 is, “Time is now: Rural and urban women activists transforming women’s lives”. This year’s theme in Canada is “# My Feminism”. The day has extra significance this year on the heels of the # Me Too and # Time’s Up movements in the United States and their spinoffs in other countries as campaigns and marches have been happening on issues ranging from sexual harassment to equal pay and representation.
International Women’s Day has been celebrated on March 8th since 1913. The original aim was to achieve gender parity around the world but that still hasn’t been realized. A gender pay gap still exists and women are not present in equal numbers in business or politics. Interestingly enough say what you will about Justin Trudeau but he made it a point to have women comprise half his cabinet. Right here in Saskatoon 6 of the 11 members of City Council are women. Maybe slowly but surely the winds of change are starting to blow. According to the World Economic Forum it could still take another 100 years before the equality gap between men and women disappears entirely. Today let’s celebrate the progress made toward achieving gender equality but also think of how we can propel momentum forward so it doesn’t take another 100 years.