International Women’s Day

Note: Our definition of women is inclusive of trans women and our definition of feminism includes intersectionality, a theory created by Kimberlé Crenshaw.

Today is International Women’s Day. This is a day when we consciously celebrate and honour the achievements of all self-identified women throughout the world. We also take the opportunity to highlight some of the many inequalities women face, recognize the rights and freedoms for which we are still fighting, and stand up for what we believe in.

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #PressForProgress:

“With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo#TimesUp and more – there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

And while we know that gender parity won’t happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day. Plus, there’s indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.

So we can’t be complacent. Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

International Women’s Day is not country, group or organisation specific. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. So together, let’s all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let’s all Press for Progress.”

How will you Press for Progress? We invite you to consider this today, and every day, and take actions to bring equality and equity for all women.

If you are looking for a specific way to take action, consider making a donation, and please consider Options for Sexual Health. Options for Sexual Health is an organization with deep feminist roots. We celebrate and champion sexual health. Your donation to Opt provides access to services throughout the province of British Columbia and gives people access to much needed sexual health services including access to safe and informative space to make their own sexual health decisions.  To donate to Opt, click here.


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