Women’s Voices at the Table
Saturday, March 6
Free, everyone welcome.
Rally: 12 Noon - 1pm,
Vancouver Art Gallery, North Plaza (West Georgia)
Vancouver Public Library, Alice McKay Room, 350 West Georgia
Toronto & Calgary events:
The “UNiTE to End Violence against Women” campaign that I launched last year is galvanizing action across the United Nations system. It calls for all countries to put in place, by the year 2015, strong laws, multi-sectoral action plans, preventive measures, data collection, and systematic efforts to address sexual violence in conflict situations. I invite governments, organizations and individuals to join us in this campaign. I have also just launched a Network of Men Leaders to strengthen our advocacy.
– Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message
on the International Day for the Elimination of
Violence Against Women, November 25, 2009
Members of a variety of organizations including Oxfam Canada, Amnesty International, the We Can Coalition, unions and local women’s organizations have teamed up to celebrate International Women’s Day with a rally and conference called “Women’s Voices at the Table.” The “at the table” concept is part of a broadly-based Canadian and global civil society campaign to mobilize women to be heard and to declare our right to be “at the table” with leaders at the G8/20 meetings taking place in Canada this June.
The half-day kicks off with a noon rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery where participants will be treated to live musical performances and messages of solidarity from both local and international women speakers. The conference follows at 1:30pm in the Alice McKay Room of the Vancouver Public Library. Conference attendees will discuss a wide variety of issues related to women’s rights and gender equality, culminating in proposals that local women want heeded when Canadian leaders meet with their world counterparts at the G/8 and G/20. “We have made great strides towards gender equality here in Canada,” say conference organizers, “but there are needs yet to be met, so women want our voices heard at the table when important issues that impact us are discussed.”
Topics to be addressed at the conference include access to justice, labour rights, indigenous women and climate change and food security, among others.