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March 4, 2004
Mayor Miller to celebrate International Women's Day
Mayor David Miller will proclaim March 8 as International Women's Day (IWD) at
noon in the Members' Lounge at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Following the Mayor's proclamation, Deena Ladd, Co-ordinator of Toronto
Organizing for Fair Employment (TOFFE), a community organization working with
non-unionized workers, will make a presentation on "The New Realities of
Women's Work in Toronto". Many of the workers that TOFFE represents hold
low-paying, temporary and short-term positions without benefits. Immigrants and
people of colour fill many of those positions.

The YWCA of Toronto will then announce the recipients of its 2004 Women of
Distinction Awards. Every year, the YWCA recognizes the efforts of women who
have made outstanding contributions towards improving the lives of girls and
women in Toronto.

Exhibits from various women's organizations will be on display in the City Hall
Rotunda from March 8 to 12.

IWD is observed around the world on March 8. The day provides an opportunity to
reflect on the progress women have made towards equality and to take stock of
the challenges facing women today.

IWD also commemorates the 145 immigrant women, mostly poor, who were killed in
a fire at New York City's Triangle Shirtwaist Company in 1911. The subsequent
review of the unsafe working conditions that led to this disaster had a
significant impact on labour legislation in the United States. In 1975, the
United Nations proclaimed March 8 as International Women's Day.

Media contacts:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh
Manager, Community Engagement and Diversity Management, Chief
Administrator's Office

Priscilla Cranley
Diversity Management and Community Engagement Consultant, CAO
Chief Administrator's Office



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