Published on February 22, 2023

International Women’s Day- It’s About More Than 'Celebrating' Women

Marked annually on March 8, International Women’s Day is a global day acknowledging the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and it’s about more than “celebrating” women.  

It’s a day to: 

  • Educate and raise awareness about equity for women, 
  • Challenge gender stereotypes and barriers for all women, girls, two-spirit, trans and non-binary people, 
  • Lobby for accelerated gender parity, and 
  • Acknowledge the rights, support and respect women deserve.  

This includes fair and livable wages, freedom from violence, appropriate housing and childcare, leadership opportunities, and conditions where all can thrive. 

Throughout the month of March, the public is invited to attend events in recognition of International Women’s Day. There’s a variety of community events people can participate in to watch, listen, and join in discussions to learn about the challenges that women still face today and how we can help them. 

Leanne MacMillan, Community Development Coordinator with the City of St. Albert’s Community Services department encourages the public to come to the events to first learn and then act. “It can be hard for people to understand what they haven’t experienced themselves. We always encourage people to put themselves in another's shoes and to be curious and kind,” says Leanne. 

Illustration of three women

Illustration of three women

“The ultimate goal of a month-long recognition of International Women’s Day is that people will take the time to learn more, gain empathy and take action by talking to others about the importance of creating equity for all women,” adds Leanne.  

“In the Community Services department we have seen great resilience as women reach out for counselling for themselves and their children for past or current trauma. The courage to reach out for help when covering basic needs can be very challenging,” explains Leanne. 

Women need to feel seen, heard and understood so they can feel empowered and inspired to share the barriers they face with those who can make a difference. 

We all have a role to play in identifying and breaking down the barriers women face in our community to help them thrive and succeed. What will be your call to action to help embrace equity? 

Join us for the following free events

Registration may be required for some events. Full event details can be found at  

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Last edited: March 20, 2023