Just a couple of months after hundreds of thousands of women brought a display of solidarity to Washington, DC, the annual International Women’s Day will once again be celebrated in Markham.


Mar. 8 marks IWD, a global initiative that each year tackles a different challenge that women face in the world. This year, organizers have highlighted “Being bold for change” as their theme, launching the #BeBoldForChange hashtag.


This follows on the heel’s of last year’s Pledge for Parity campaign, which looked at what activists see as an earning gap between men and women, calling for tackling of bias, gender imbalance in leadership roles, and gender equality.


The Markham Museum will celebrate IWD with an afternoon event showcasing women’s contributions throughout the course of history in an exhibit called In Our Own Words.


“It’s going to be a great and informative day, (in) which we will learn about the important women throughout the years,” said the museum’s curator, Devon Brady. “There are some wonderful things showcased in our exhibits.”


The Social Services Network will also host an IWD event at the Markham Civic Centre, feating guest speakers sharing their own stories of bold change, including Regional Councillor Normal Armstrong, Global News anchor Angie Seth and Markham Fire and Emergency Services trainer Nicole Brugger.


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