International Women’s Day March 8 kicked off in Mississauga with Mayor Bonnie hosting her second annual International Women’s Day Young Women’s Empowerment Breakfast with special guest Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario. The invitees included two female students from each Mississauga secondary school, senior city staff, city councillors, school trustees and Liberal MP Iqra Khalid. This year’s theme was ‘Press for Progress’.
It began a little after 7 am, Mayor Crombie arrived first and a few minutes later came Premier Kathleen Wynne, they went around to the tables where they met and spoke briefly with those in attendance.
In her address to the packed hall, Mayor Crombie began by pointing out that International Women’s Day was not just a time for celebration but a time for reflection and action.
Premier Kathleen Wynne in her address commended Generation Y whom she found were very engaged with each other. She felt strongly that adults needed to talk and engage with young people.
Premier Wynne said that while it is important to get more women into positions of power, there is also a need to value those who choose to care for the elderly and early childhood educators. Women who have opted for these jobs are often the worst paid.
Following her speech, Premier Wynne took questions from the students. Eizza Mahmood of Port Credit Secondary School asked what could be done to help immigrant women from countries and families that have different values who may find challenges and hurdles on fulfilling their potential in their own families and communities.
Later as part of the discussions, each student in attendance was invited to answer one question: What bold actions can we take to continue to press for progress for women everywhere?
2018 is a defining year for women everywhere. Discussions about #MeToo and other such movements are being had all over. Positive at every level, they are poised to bring lasting societal changes with women being empowered in ways previous generations could scarcely imagine. – CINEWS