“Like a Woman” International Women’s Day 2020 was another happy celebration of women’s achievements, talents and skills, as well as a call for equal human rights for women worldwide. Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate and advocate.
Special guests Hon. Antoinette Perry, Lieutenant Governor of PEI and Hon. Natalie Jameson, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women joined speakers Debbie Langston, ACSW Chairperson, Selvi Roy (Atlantic Council for International Cooperation), Mame Faty Sarr (Action Femmes), Rosanna Kressin (UPEI HIVE). Performers were Poet Laureate Julie Pellissier-Lush (Indigenous Round Dance), Claire Byrne and Cameron Cassidy (Chilean resistance movement), and Reequal Smith (Bahamian dance). Carol Stevenson-Seller led in singing the Bread and Roses anthem.
Financial and time resources were contributed by the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, local unions, women’s and social justice organizations (see complete sponsor list at the end of the photo gallery). Advisory Council staff and Council members (current and past) were invaluable as always. Our sister organization, Women’s Network, offers genuine and generous support.
A special thank you to the women of the IWD Organizing Committee who set up and arranged the participatory activities and excellent presentations: Amy Clerk, Shelby Downe, Paxton Caseley, and Donna Dingwell. Additional volunteers on March 8th were Callista Tan and Robin Ettles (sound techies), Megan Dorrell (a rockstar at the Kids Station!), and Jaime Griffin (button-making goddess!). And last but not least, big appreciation to the wonderful Mistress of Ceremonies, Farahnaz Rezaei.