March 8, 2017 marks the celebration of International Women's Day, acknowledging the successes of women from every facet of life and focusing on women's contributions with respect to social, economic, cultural and political achievements. This worldwide campaign was established to promote awareness of women's issues on a global scale. March 8 gives us an opportunity to reflect on past accomplishments made by women, for all women, while raising awareness of the plight of women's issues that have endured for more than a century.
International Women's Day dates back to 1909 in New York where a group of women rallied together in response to the 1908 strike by female workers from the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union where women stood their ground demanding improved working conditions and wage parity. In 1975, the United Nations designated International Women's Day as a day of recognition on March 8.
The theme for 2017, #BeBoldForChange, is a challenge to take groudbreaking action that truly drives change for women.
"Each one of us - with women, men and non-binary people joining forces - can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over."
Source - internationalwomensday.com
In closing, we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank all women of the OPP Association who work twenty-four hours a day, three-hundred and sixty-five days a year to keep Ontario safe.
President Rob Jamieson & the Board of Directors
Ontario Provincial Police Association