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CUPE is marking International Women’s Day and the one-year anniversary launch of the National Women’s Task Force with a new poster. Full of vibrant colour, the poster says ‘women strengthen our union’ and recognizes the diverse roles women have in society.

Created by artist Helen D’souza, the illustration is a stylized representation of four women, each depicting diversity and the north, south, east, west breadth of women’s work. The arms - upraised with hands touching or melding into a seamless infinity - symbolize how women join together to mentor and support each other.

The leaves within the women’s bodies represent new life and growth. The water, mountains and earth, the cross-country landscape that shapes us. The fire symbolizes passion and renewal.

The bread and roses in hand highlight the ongoing historical struggle by women, not just on March 8, but every day: fighting for equality and recognition of the work women do in the workplace, union, home and community. The buildings represent the conflicts that arise from those varying roles and the need for harmony and balance.

Posters will be available at upcoming CUPE events throughout the regions or you can order copies by contacting CUPE’s Equality branch in Ottawa at equality@cupe.ca or by phone at 613 237-1590.