Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on March 8, 2008.
International Women’s Day is celebrated all over the world. It’s a tradition that represents 100 years of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.
It originated in 1911 in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland, where a million men and women gathered together to demand better working conditions and voting rights for women. Although much progress has taken place since then, March 8 still serves as an important day to celebrate these achievements, and also to remind us that these demands have not been equally fulfilled in all parts of the world.
To celebrate, I propose that our men take care of the housework and cooking this week!