International Women's Day Protest War On Iraq

Toronto, Ontario


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International Women's Day Protest War On Iraq
International Women's Day Protest War On Iraq
dated March 10, 2003


Toronto, Ontario
March 8, 2003

       With the song "Bread and Roses" setting the tone, women around the world gathered together in solidarity and determination to celebrate their advances and to protest against the pending war in Iraq.
       In Toronto, at an International Women's Day breakfast, the men symbolically served the women and children. Peggy Nash, Assistant to CAW National president Buzz Hargrove, said while advances in women's rights have been made, a recent international study shows that Canada is falling behind on equality issues.

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President

       "We're in a major crisis in Canada in terms of equality and that's shocking. And that may just have something to do with the fact in our government we only have 20 per cent women elected when we have more than 50 per cent of the population. And that is wrong and that is something we have to change starting with our provincial election, starting with our municipal election and with our federal election next year hopefully."

       The more immediate concern however, according to Nash, is the threat of war in Iraq.

Peggy Nash
Assistant to CAW National President

       "The major crisis that we are in today and it is part of these "olden times" that you will remember, is the crisis of a looming war. And it is so important that we are standing together today on International Women's Day for peace. There is no more important issue today around the world than the struggle for peace and it is a struggle for peace. There is no greater demonstration of male domination and male power than war."

       At an International Women's Day rally, Canadian Labour Congress Vice President Marie Clark Walker praised the women who have been in the vanguard of the peace movement.

Marie Clark-Walker
Exec. Vice President C.L.C.

       "Right across the world women have come out very strong in all of those peace rallies and have said unequivocally, "No" to war. Every meeting that I have been at, peace has been on the agenda. I think it has been especially significant because I believe our voices are being heard. We've heard Blair step back, question and make changes in his position, all be it, not the changes we want him to make but they are stopping and they are listening and they are pausing."


       The hundreds of people at the rally were joined by thousands of people waiting outside. Women's Rights activists along with a wide representation from the anti-war protest movement marched through the streets of Toronto in support of International Women's Day and their demand for peace.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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