March 8th, International Women’s Day, is both a day of protest and celebration. It’s a time to reflect on feminist achievements over the past year as well as a time to take action to end the violence and discrimination that women, transgender, and non-binary people continue to experience across Canada and around the world because of who they are.
Marches, film festivals, public events, and other activities are held on March 8th and throughout March to mark International Women’s Day. We encourage you to support feminist movements—particularly those led by Indigenous, Black, and other marginalized women, transgender, and non-binary people—by participating in International Women’s Day events. Ask organizers how Amnesty can support events, and consider having an Amnesty table with petitions and other actions.
International Women’s Day is an excellent opportunity to meet in your constituency with your Member of Parliament and raise three pressing human rights issues that we need to see Parliament address with great urgency: ending violence against Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people; ending sterilization of Indigenous women without their consent; and developing a National Action Plan to prevent and address gender-based violence.
- Google “International Women’s Day” and the name of your community to find local International Women’s Day events that you may wish to participate in.
- Bring Amnesty actions to events, and share them on social media. Actions (including print petitions) are found at the bottom of this webpage.
- Members of Parliament are in their constituencies the week of March 2-6. Schedule a meeting with your Member of Parliament and raise key human rights issue that Amnesty is actively campaigning on. Join our webinar training on February 9th to learn more about how to lobby your member of Parliament >> or sign-up to lobby with us! >>>
- On or around March 8th, phone Minister of Women and Gender Equality Maryam Monsef and call for action on pressing human rights issues.