All Out for International Women’s Day 2018!

February 23, 2018


CUPE 3911 hails the fighting women of Canada and the world on the occasion of International Women's Day 2018, one of the most important occasions for humankind to remind itself of all that needs to be achieved in the immediate future.  CUPE 3911 invites everyone to participate in the important events of IWD that are annually held in various locations in Alberta. 


In Edmonton, there will be a march and rally on Saturday, March 3 starting at Corbett Hall, 112 St and Whyte Ave on the U of Alberta campus, and ending at Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre where there will be food, speakers, and a cultural program.  On Sunday, March 11 there will be a lunch and forum at Haweli restaurant, 10220 103 St, at noon. Tickets available soon at $10 each. For more information, check the Facebook pages for International Women’s Day Edmonton and Women for Rights and Empowerment.  In Calgary, there will be a potluck and celebration on March 8 at the Women’s Centre at 39-4th St. NE (west side of Edmonton Trail near Marsh Road). More information is available at

One hundred and seven years ago, the first International Women's Day was celebrated to express the demands of women for their emancipation. At the time, working women were already conscious of the need to coordinate their struggle and express unity for their cause worldwide. On February 28, 1909, women textile workers had already issued a call for an international day of action of women workers. A meeting of the Socialist International held in December 1910 reiterated this demand. In a short time, March 8 became the day when women of all countries would express their unity with one another in their struggle for emancipation. Soon after, on the eve of World War I, International Women's Day highlighted the call for peace issued by women in Europe, alerting to the dangers which lay ahead.

Today on a world scale, women are in the front ranks of people's efforts to create a better world. Women are involved in finding solutions to the most important problems facing society and their consequences, including imperialist war, poverty and unemployment, privatization of education and health care and, most importantly, the need for people's empowerment. The demand for justice for families of Indigenous women and girls who have been murdered or are missing is one of the most significant in Canada today to advance the cause of the people against the continuation of colonial relations and the misery this causes. The involvement of women in the vanguard of the struggle for people’s empowerment is definitely one of the most important positive developments in the ongoing effort to open the door for the progress of society.


Bread and Roses


As we go marching, marching
In the beauty of the day
A million darkened kitchens
A thousand mill lofts grey
Are touched with all the radiance
That a sudden sun discloses
For the people hear us singing
Bread and roses, bread and roses

As we go marching, marching
We battle too for men
For they are women's children
And we mother them again
Our lives shall not be sweetened
From birth until life closes
Hearts starve as well as bodies
Give us bread, but give us roses

As we go marching, marching
We bring the greater days
For the rising of the women
Means the rising of the race
No more the drudge and idler
Ten that toil where one reposes
But the sharing of life's glories
Bread and roses, bread and roses.


(J. Oppenheim, 1911)

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