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Mar 6, 2024
Empower, Elevate, Celebrate: International Women's Day 2024
Image featuring three women from various ages and ethnic backgrounds as well as this year’s theme "Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress" on a lavender coloured, cloud-like background. The name of the day “International Women’s Day 2024” is in the bottom right corner, and the Canada wordmark is in the bottom left corner, also on the lavender coloured background.

International Women’s Day, pioneered by the United Nations in 1975, has become an annual global celebration since its inception. In Canada, the theme for International Women’s Day 2024 is "Invest in women: Accelerate progress," emphasizing the importance of gender equality in fostering healthier, more prosperous, and inclusive communities.(Government of Canada)

For newcomer and immigrant women, International Women’s Day surpasses mere celebration of sisterhood; it serves as a moment of reflection on their courage to embark on a new life and their resilience in overcoming hardships to achieve success for themselves and their families in Canada, with the hope that their efforts will one day be recognized and rewarded.

According to the 2021 Census data, 2,770 immigrant women resided in Bruce County, while 4,300 in Grey County, comprising 50.6% of the region’s immigrant population. A research and development project by Welcoming Communities Grey Bruce and the United Way of Bruce Grey in 2019-20, “Rural Pathways for Newcomer Women in Grey Bruce" identified unique obstacles to workforce entry and career advancement faced by newcomer and immigrant women in the region, stemming from both personal and systemic discrimination.

“As an immigrant woman from a different culture, I've got stories from back home and dreams for this new place. Meeting women from all over the world, I'm reminded we're all in this together. We've all got challenges, but there's so much hope, too. Celebrating our differences and learning from each other. I hope we can build a strong community where every woman, no matter her background, can dream big and make it happen.”

Lin Liu, Newcomer/Immigrant women advocate


“Celebrating this day means a lot to me as it symbolizes empowerment and gives me an opportunity to reflect on the things I have accomplished so far as a woman. As an immigrant, I see this day as a day to celebrate resilience-adapting to the cultural landscape and fighting against all odds, developing a sense of belongingness, and striving for better. I encourage women to believe in their potential and focus on their well-being.”

Ipsita Peter, Part-time Professor of Conestoga College

Women are changing the world when they have the chance no matter where they are.

Marina Angeli, Contract Administrator

We all have a role to play in building a future where everyone can reach their full potential.  

It is time to act – because women’s success is everyone’s success.