COPE representatives from all three municipal boards will be taking the lead on recognizing International Women’s Day (IWD).
Park Commissioner Woodcock will be bringing a motion to the next Park Board meeting asking that for 2010, the Vancouver park board report back on a plan and cost to celebrate an International Women’s Day event in at least one community centre with the future goal of taking the celebration to community centres city-wide.
According to Woodcock, these celebrations could be similar to the ones at the community centres which take place around Diwali. “I think it’s important for the City to recognize and celebrate the contributions women make in our communities.”
School Trustee Jane Bouey will be bringing a motion to School Board asking the board to recognize IWD. “Our track record as a city, province and country in electing representative numbers of women to public office is shameful. I am confident that the school board will recognize this and encourage schools to celebrate female decision makers on International Women’s Day.”
Councillor Woodsworth was instrumental in setting up the new Women’s Committee and has been spearheading the IWD celebration at City Hall, taking place on March 9. The celebration will focus on creating gender-inclusive cities.