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March 7, 2008
Mayor Miller proclaims March 8 International Women’s Day
Mayor David Miller has proclaimed March 8 as International Women’s Day, and March 8 to 15 as International Women’s Week in 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. Over half of Toronto’s population are girls and women and they must be able to live free of violence, domination and hunger. From the classroom to the boardroom, I fully support the investment in girls and 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.

“Toronto, a world within a city, is home to women from over 200 countries and regions of the world. From the right to breast feeding to the right to violence-free workplaces, the City has a legacy of championing women’s equality rights,” said Councillor Pam McConnell who also chairs the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Standing Committee on increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government. “Our challenge is to increase the number of women in municipal government. Together with community and municipal partners we will be launching a campaign to mentor and educate women, and especially young women, to run for public office.”

Information displays from women’s organizations will also be at City Hall throughout the week. The City of Toronto salutes the participants in the annual International Women’s Day March on March 8 and welcomes delegates from across Canada to the Annual Convention of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women being held in Toronto from March 13 to 15.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 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 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents

Media contacts:
Councillor Pam McConnell, 416-392-7916,
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, 416-392-6824,
Cassandra Fernandes, Diversity Management and Community Engagement Consultant, 416-392-3834,



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