By Roohi Sahajpal
Today marks the 101st anniversary of International Women’s Day, a day that recognizes the progress and hurdles that women around the world still face.
The first International Women’s Day was held on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. It continued to be celebrated by other countries and in 1977 the United Nations designated March 8 to be International Women’s Day.
In Canada, the theme for International Women’s Day this year is: “Strong Women, Strong Canada –Women in Rural, Remote and Northern Communities: Key to Canada’s Economic Prosperity”
According to the Status of Women in Canada, Canada is home to 17.4 million women and girls and contains more than 5,400 communities — approximately 5,200 of which are rural, remote or Northern.