International Women’s Day

Honouring the Achievements of Women

International Women’s Day (IWD) takes place every year on March 8, across the globe, in celebration of women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements throughout history. It is also known as the United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

International Women’s Day gives women a collective voice to be heard. It all started in 1908, during a time of unrest and debate over oppression and inequality, when a group of 15,000 women gathered in New York City to demand fair pay, better working conditions, and the right to vote.


It was their commitment to action for equality that sparked similar events in other countries. In 1911, the first official International Women’s Day rallies were held in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. The day is now observed in countries around the globe and many ways.

International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations in 1975. For more than 20 years, the UN has adopted a yearly theme for IWD. In 1996, the theme was “Celebrating the past, Planning for the Future”. In 1997: “Women at the Peace table”. In 1998: “Women and Human Rights”. In 1999:  “World Free of Violence Against Women”. More recent themes have included, for example, “Empower Rural Women, End Poverty & Hunger” and “A Promise is a Promise – Time for Action to End Violence against Women”.


Every individual has an important role to play in helping to drive better outcomes for women. Around the world, International Women’s Day provides an important opportunity for action that can result in positive change for women.

At The Flag Shop, we are proud of our company heritage of strong leadership by women beginning in 1975. Doreen Braverman founded the company, starting the first full-service flag store in the world. And, in 2010, Susan Braverman bought the company and became President. This work which was begun over 40 years ago has brought countless opportunities for women to grow and thrive on many levels including economic livelihood, creativity, and social advancement. The Flag Shop also honours women’s achievements within the team: The Flag Shop Edmonton Owner-Manager, Phyllis Bright; The Flag Shop Nova Scotia Owner, Debbie Hartlen; The Flag Shop Saskatoon Owner-Manager Judy Denham, The Flag Shop Montreal Owner-Manager, Ginette Bazergul; The Flag Shop Toronto Partners, Lilly and Ladan Siahpoosh and The Flag Shop Chilliwack Manager, Vanessa Oddy.

Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is: “Equality Matters”. The theme holds significance because, in this country, we are advocates for the advancement and celebration of women and we recognize equality is the only way to ensure continued progress.

So, in the week of International Women’s Day, what will you do to celebrate the women in your circles, and to ensure a brighter future for the daughters of nations around the globe?

Wave the flag for United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace!

This beautiful 3’x6’ custom printed flag was made by The Flag Shop Nova Scotia.

Happy International Women’s Day!

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