“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” Gloria Steinem
International Women’s Day has been observed since the 1900s! It is now celebrated around the world in countries such as Afghanistan, Armenia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zambia and many more!
The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men. (www.internationalwomensday.com)
Today is a day that we recognize that a progressive world needs equality, including gender equality. We acknowledge the challenges women are facing world-wide and we celebrate the many economic, political, and social achievements of women.
Join us today in celebration of gaining momentum for women’s equality.
International Women’s Day has its beginnings in the early 1900’s as Women became more active and vocal for campaigning against discrimination and oppression. YMCA Calgary is proud to support the efforts of people working for full gender equality and inclusion. Events in Calgary supported by YMCA Calgary include a parade followed by a celebration at Olympic Plaza. As well as mini fairs held throughout the Plus 15 system in downtown Calgary. Follow the link for more information about International Women’s Day in Calgary. For more information about International Women’s Day worldwide see here.
Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer: Sheriza Jiwani
Have you wanted to play hockey, but maybe it was a little bit aggressive for you? Try Ringette. Ringette is similar to hockey (played on ice, uses similar equipment) except instead of a puck, you use a blue rubber ring, a stick without the blade on the end and different rules.
Ringette is a girls-only sport that was created in Ontario by Samual Perry Jacks. Interestingly enough, it has modified a lot from the first ringette game played in 1963. One thing is for sure; the pace is a lot quicker than it was 49 years ago. Jacks created ringette in the hopes that girls would have a chance to play a game that was similar to hockey, but unique to girls.
I have been playing ringette for the past 8 years and I have loved every moment of it. . I have made a lot of friends through ringette and I feel like this a great way to stay in shape.
This sport is open to individual of all ages. In fact, in my first year of ringette, there was a four year old on my team. Ringette has been a great source of pleasure and exercise for me. Explore the links below for more information on this great sport.
Interesting facts about Samual Jacks:
- He was an assistant physical director at the West End in Toronto YMCA from 1935-1940
- He also created floor hockey
- He had three sons who played hockey, but he wanted to create a game that would give girls more opportunities.
In this Daily Dose by Jillian Michaels and further discussed by Meghan K. Scott on EverydayHealth.com, the topic of new uses by teen and tween girls for YouTube is raising some concern amongst parents:
“Girls, who used to share their teen angst with their closest friends, are now turning to YouTube to ask “Why am I not popular? Am I pretty? Why don’t I have a boyfriend?…”
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