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March 5, 2007
Mayor Miller to proclaim March 8 International Women’s Day
Mayor David Miller will proclaim March 8 as International Women’s Day in the City of Toronto.

“We must use this opportunity to reflect on the progress made toward women’s equality and to re-commit ourselves to breaking down the barriers women continue to face,” said Mayor Miller. “All orders of government and all sectors have an obligation to ensure equality for women.”

In 1977, the United Nations proclaimed March 8 as International Women’s Day to commemorate the deaths of 145 mostly poor immigrant women, who were killed in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City on March 25, 1911.

“The City has taken many positive steps and there is much to celebrate, but we must remember that women continue to face obstacles which are compounded by poverty, race, disability and immigrant status,” said Councillor Pam McConnell.

An art exhibition themed “A Century of Women’s Work” will open at Toronto City Hall on Monday, March 5 at a commemoration ceremony starting at 5.30 p.m. The exhibition, curated by the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre in co-operation with the Ontario Federation of Labour, includes work by 10 Canadian women artists. A piece of art created for each decade beginning in 1900, reflects the social issues that were important for that decade.

Information displays from women’s organizations will also be at Toronto City Hall throughout the week. The art exhibition closes on March 15, 2007.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Councillor Pam McConnell

Ceta Ramkhalawansingh
Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement
City Manager’s Office

Stuart Green
Office of the Mayor



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