Gender Equality: Did you know?

The OPSEU/SEFPO Provincial Women's Committee (PWC) members

International Women’s Day was March 8, and the Provincial Women’s Committee (PWC) would like to remind everyone about the importance of gender equality and the need to continue the fight.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating equality for all women.

IWD has been celebrated for over a century, with the first gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people.

Some OPSEU/SEFPO History

  • 1975 – A group of women activists in region 5 start meeting informally as the Region 5 Women’s Caucus. It’s the precursor of the Provincial Women’s Committee
  • 1982 – OPSEU wins paid parental leave for the Ontario Public Service
  • 1995 – Leah Casselman, was elected as OPSEU/SEFPO President Elected 1995, Becoming the first woman to be elected in this role

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