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Since the United Nations declared it an international day of celebration in 1977, women around the world have used International Women’s Day (IWD) every March 8 to celebrate advances in equality for women and work on the challenges that remain.

CUPE women have had a very active year – in British Columbia and across the country. Many have participated in events around the National Women’s Task Force. For current news on the Task Force, check out the latest newsletter and see the poster commissioned by CUPE to mark IWD and the one-year anniversary launch of the Task Force.

Deb Taylor, chair of the CUPE BC Women’s Committee, is encouraged by the participation and commitment of women this year. “On behalf of CUPE BC, I want to thank the CUPE women in British Columbia who took the time to attend more than 30 Town Hall meetings held throughout the province. Your commitment to family, the workplace and our union deserve special recognition,” says Taylor.

Taylor says that the CUPE BC Women’s Committee is developing resolutions for the CUPE BC Convention in May. “Our goal is that the resolutions will go towards addressing concerns and issues raised during the past year and that the committee’s convention report will be part of ensuring that CUPE women’s voices are heard by the leaders of our union,” says Taylor.

For information on International Women’s Day events in B.C. go to www.cupe.bc.ca