March 08, 2019

Saskatchewan Observes International Women's Day On March 8

Every March 8, Saskatchewan joins the world to mark International Women’s Day.  This day was chosen by the United Nations to acknowledge the contributions women make every day around the world.

The theme for 2019 United Nations International Women’s Day is “think equal, build smart, innovate for change.”

Women in Saskatchewan are making remarkable progress in many diverse roles in our economy.  Women and girls contribute to everything from medicine, to innovation and technology, and economic and entrepreneurial participation.  Women in agriculture take on vital leadership roles in our rural communities that continue to shape important conversations.

“International Women’s Day is a way to recognize the achievements of Saskatchewan’s women and girls,” Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Tina Beaudry-Mellor said.  “Women around the province are disrupting many industries, boardrooms, and entrepreneurial ventures. The more opportunities that are opened up for women, the more our economy benefits.”

“It is great to see that in 2018 Saskatchewan had the second highest employment rate for women in the country,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said.  “Women in Saskatchewan continue to play a significant role in our economy and we are proud of their accomplishments.”

More women are also participating in elected office.  The Status of Women Office is pleased to announce funding for the Women in the Legislature Program, in its eighth year of operation at the University of Saskatchewan.  Women in the Legislature promotes the participation of women in politics and governance, and gives students the opportunity to see how women contribute in government institutions

Starting today, on International Women’s Day, the Cumberland Gallery will feature an exhibit entitled The Stories of Immigrant Women, with a reception at 12 p.m. and a speaker at 12:30 p.m.