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International Women’s Day 2021:
Make Moves for Gender Justice

In 1991, visionary feminists founded the Canadian Women’s Foundation to build a path toward equality. As we mark International Women’s Day 30 years later and celebrate it throughout March, we move into an uncertain future.

The pandemic has shaken the foundations of progress and exacerbated the cracks of inequality: rising gendered violence, the demands of unpaid caregiving, the devaluing of “women’s work”, and a widening poverty gap, to name a few. And the gaps are greater for those who face more barriers due to racism, ableism, transphobia, heterosexism, and other forms of discrimination.

This International Women’s Day, it’s time for us to band together and make moves – for fair and livable wages, for freedom from violence, for opportunities to thrive, for human rights and dignity: for justice.

Your moves ripple out to big change.
Make these moves for gender justice:

1. Move the ground

Click this button to donate donate nowDONATE NOW. Spark change beyond the current moment of crisis and make a transformational gift for gender justice. You will enable collective action and spark the systems change Canada needs to build an equitable future beyond the pandemic.


2. Move your influence

Graphic of a megaphoneSIGN THIS LETTER: This International Women’s Day, join us in asking all government representatives to invest in three key areas that will make a real impact for all women, girls, and gender-diverse people as we recover from the pandemic. Call for change.


Image from Raintree Women and Wealth GalaATTEND the Virtual International Women’s Day Women & Wealth Gala, on Monday, March 8, 5-9 p.m. MST. Join Women & Wealth Inc. for an incredible evening of inspiration and empowerment with guest speakers who will share stories of success (the ups, downs and everything in between). Speakers include Canadian Women’s Foundation President and CEO Paulette Senior, Sarah Nicole Landry, Chau Lui, and host Carrie Doll. More information.


ATTEND our Corporate Citizenship for Gender Equality Event. This event will be presented by the Canadian Women’s Foundation in partnership with Abliminal on Monday, March 8, 3 to 4:30 p.m. EST. More information.


3. Move your heart and mind

Resetting Normal Report CoverREAD Resetting Normal: Resetting Normal is a series of reports on gender equality and the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. The series explores risks to human rights exposed by the pandemic and proposes new ways to build a gender-equal Canada in pandemic recovery efforts. Check out key recommendations from the first three Resetting Normal Reports.


Woman's hand holds up sign: "Alright, Now What?" LISTEN: Alright, Now What?: Check out the first season of our podcast, Alright, Now What?, and listen to discussions about the future of gender justice. Our resident experts address the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on diverse women and girls. Listen now.


Image from The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open WATCH: The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open: Set in Vancouver, The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open explores the complex themes of racialization, gender, and colonization through the bonds that two women form with one another. In a chance encounter, Áila helps Rosie escape her violent boyfriend. As the two women unpack the traumatic event, their relationship becomes one of deep connection and safety in a world that has harmed them. Watch it here.