March 8 marks International Women's Day (IWD), a day to recognize the struggles and successes of women across the world. The theme of this year's Women's Day, as determined by the UN, is 'Equality for Women is Progress for All'. In Canada, where many of the realities preventing gender equality are often minimized, IWD helps to bring to light the obstacles and prejudices that women still face today.
“This past May, British Columbians elected a historic number of women to the Legislature, however, women are still vastly under-represented in politics in British Columbia comprising only 35% of MLAs," said Andrew Weaver, MLA, “Greens believe that real progress requires participation. We must recognize the importance of women in decision-making and work harder to achieve full gender equality”.