Let’s keep on empowering immigrant women

By Aaron Berhane March 2011 In 1977, the United Nations adopted a resolution calling on member states to proclaim a day for women’s rights. Since then...

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By Aaron Berhane
March 2011

In 1977, the United Nations adopted a resolution calling on member states to proclaim a day for women’s rights. Since then all members have been colourfully celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8.

Canada is one of the countries which observes this day to empower women. It evaluates women’s progress and setbacks; their strengths and weaknesses; and helps to ensure their rights in many walks of life. As a result, women enjoy many more rights than they did about thirty years ago. Many old burdens have been buried.

However, some immigrant women fall way behind. Despite the geographical distance from the oppressive cultures of their homeland, they don’t seem to have set themselves free of their former bonds. They are limited by old traditions and don’t take initiatives to empower themselves through education or actively participating in the development of the community. They tend to restrict their activities to the household.

This year on March 8, we must focus on these women. Let’s help them to break the chains of old traditions that prevent them from moving forward. Let’s help them to identify their strengths and pursue their dreams. As Canadian citizens, it’s our responsibility to promote Women’s Day and pave the road for their equality. Let’s work together as a team to empower them. Happy March 8th!

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