International Women’s Day – March 8, 2011

Journey Towards Success

It is that amazing time of year again where Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. will celebrate its devotion to the community and success by recognizing the achievements, dedication, hard work, and innovation of its participants and community partners.
Our celebration coincides with International Women’s Day, and the proceeds will support our annual fundraising efforts benefiting WEST programs.
The event will take place on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts, 201 Riverside Drive West, Windsor, Ontario. Tickets are $65 each, tables of 8, doors open 5:30 pm.
We are seeking your assistance to support our event by purchasing a table to attend our event and to:
  • Consider other sponsorship opportunities (platinum, gold, silver, bronze)
  • Purchase an ad in our event program. This program will celebrate diversity and the efforts of the WEST organization to assist women in their goals to find employment.
  • Support a WEST participant to attend the event. Each year we seek support from the community so that WEST participants can attend this exciting event.
  • Contribute an item for our silent auction and raffle.
  • Make a donation to WEST. As a registered Canadian charitable organization, WEST is able to issue charitable donations tax receipt.
  • Spread the word. We are asking for your assistance in extending this information to those within your personal and professional networks.

For over 20 years WEST, a registered Canadian Charitable community-based organization has provided training to visible minority and immigrant women who are trying to champion their situational barriers to reach their employment goals in Windsor-Essex County.

 This annual International Women’s Day event has become a community celebration attended by over 400 people who support diversity in the workforce and our mission.
Please note that all contributions are tax deductible and WEST is able to issue charitable donation tax receipts as allowed by Canada Revenue Agency.
Your donations will positively impact WEST and the women in the community that it serves.
To choose one of the sponsorhsip options and / or to purchase tickets, please click here.


International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women’s oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman’s Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913.

n 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named a Clara Zetkin (Leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day – a Women’s Day – to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Zetkin’s suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women’s Day was the result.

Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women’s Day (IWD) was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. However less than a week later on 25 March, the tragic ‘Triangle Fire’ in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This disastrous event drew significant attention to working conditions and labour legislation in the United States that became a focus of subsequent International Women’s Day events. 1911 also saw women’s ‘Bread and Roses‘ campaign.

On the eve of World War I campaigning for peace, Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. In 1913 following discussions, International Women’s Day was transferred to 8 March and this day has remained the global date for International Wommen’s Day ever since. In 1914 further women across Europe held rallies to campaign against the war and to express women’s solidarity.

On the last Sunday of February, Russian women began a strike for “bread and peace” in response to the death over 2 million Russian soldiers in war. Opposed by political leaders the women continued to strike until four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. The date the women’s strike commenced was Sunday 23 February on the Julian calendar then in use in Russia. This day on the Gregorian calendar in use elsewhere was 8 March.

1918 – 1999
Since its birth in the socialist movement, International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women’s rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. 1975 was designated as ‘International Women’s Year‘ by the United Nations. Women’s organisations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honour women’s advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women’s equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.

2000 and beyond
IWD is now an official holiday in China, Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother’s Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.

Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

Many global corporations have also started to more actively support IWD by running their own internal events and through supporting external ones. For example, on 8 March search engine and media giant Google some years even changes its logo on its global search pages. Year on year IWD is certainly increasing in status. The United States even designates the whole month of March as ‘Women’s History Month’.

So make a difference, think globally and act locally !! Make everyday International Women’s Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.

@ International Women’s Day


WEST is seeking 12 participants for a 16 – week program, 30 hours per week

Requirements: age 15 – 30, out of school, requiring training and support

Features: earn subsidy $307 per week, completion bonus, work experience

Start date: January 17, 2011

Other eligibility requirements may apply. Call us for more details!  519-256-6621


This 5-week training was intended to provide seniors with basic knowledge and understanding of computers, Internet, e-mailing, using Facebook, and blogging.


Professional Attire Distributed to Women in Need

For the fifth year, local retailer, Anne Waters of Anne’s on the Avenue has partnered up with AM 800CKLW and IXL Cleaners to encourage women in the community to donate at least one new or almost new business suit to be donated to women looking for a more polished image in their job search and starting new jobs through the established Ready for Work – Clothing Exchange Program of Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST) [click to continue…]