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IFPTE Participates in A Day Without A Woman, A Celebration of International Women's Day

On March 8th, women across Canada and the United States celebrated International Women's Day with women across the world, taking part in various activities to show support for women's rights.

In Canada, the day's theme was 'Stop the Hate, Unite the Fight, Build the Resistance!', to stand in solidarity with women in Poland and Argentina who became the inspiration for the International Women's Strike when they went on strike in October 2016. This wave of solidarity was also the basis for the day of action called for in the United States: A Day Without A Woman, where tens of thousands gathered throughout the country to highlight the economic power and significance that women have in the US and global economies, while also calling attention to the economic injustices women continue to face.

Women, and men, participated in the day's events by:

• Refraining from paid and unpaid work;
• Refraining from shopping in stores or online (except w/local small businesses and women-owned businesses);
• Wearing red in solidarity with the strike (particularly for those who could not strike);
• Urging male allies to lend their support for equal pay and adequate paid family leave for women.

A coalition of labor rights groups and unions held several events throughout the day, which included a rally at the United States Labor Department to end workplace violence and harassment, promote pay equity, promote one fair living wage, and labor rights at work. This rally and other events were in solidarity with An International Day of Action where women around the world Rose Up for women’s rights. Several IFPTE staffers including IFPTE Secretary-Treasurer Paul Shearon were in attendance.

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