This Saturday, March 8, 2008 is International Women’s Day, and it’s inspiring to learn that there are currently 564 International Women’s Day events listed from 50 different countries. From luncheons to conferences, from coffee & cake affairs to large extravagant galas across Canada – there are festivities celebrating this positive movement. Often there are companies/organizations attached to these events – and on the IWD website is very comprehensive list of those actively involved. Under TOP COMPANIES SUPPORTING WOMEN & IWD, they have listed HSBC, Deloitte, and Cisco, as their top global corporate supporters stating:
“They provide strong corporate leadership and social responsibility in actively developing and advancing female talent.”
Also mentioned were the following:
FEATURED ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORTING IWD
IWD Toronto Committee
FEATURED GOVERNMENTS SUPPORTING IWD
The Government of Ontario
The Government of Saskatchewan
The Government of Alberta
FEATURED MEDIA GROUPS COVERING IWD
The Women’s Radio Fund in Vancouver
Outside of this list there are many other bodies making IWD their top priority including Scotia Bank and Yves Rocher – it’s a union that speaks volumes. I have a huge amount of respect for organizations and corporations that can ‘move with the times’ and realize the importance of giving back. That said, the more the public demands this progressive social conscience – the more they will have to comply.
In three years it will be the International Women’s Day Centenary – it’s encouraging to know that some organizations have already started planning special events for that occasion!