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International Women's Day

Updated: May 17, 2021

International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.

International Women's Day became official on March 1911 with the support of over one million people who demanded the realization of women's rights. Purple, green and white are the colors of International Women's Day. Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolizes hope. White represents purity. The colors originated from the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the UK in 1908.

Across the globe and in Canada, women continue to face gender-based violence and barriers to decent work, resulting in lower incomes. They also continue to bear an unequally large share of unpaid caregiving responsibilities. The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified these problems. For marginalized women, the impact of the pandemic has been even more disproportionate.

The Government of Canada invites you to take a pledge to advance gender equality and support an inclusive recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by using #FeministRecovery on your social media accounts. An inclusive recovery offers the opportunity to advance gender equality and provide economic and social stability for all Canadians. Check out for resources and tips here :

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