City council hosting celebration to honour women in Brampton


From Trey Anthony to Rupi Kaur and Alessia Cara, the City of Brampton has been home to many strong and influential women over the years. 

Join the City as they celebrate International Women’s Day, which will feature workshops, a celebratory walk, live performances and refreshments on March 8, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at City Hall. 

International Women’s Day is a day of globally celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women while marking a call to action for gender equality. The theme for this year's campaign is #EachforEqual. 

The celebration will be hosted by Mayor Patrick Brown, Regional Councillor Rowena Santos and City Councillor Charmaine Williams.

It will also feature CityTV’s Cristina Howorun as the celebration's Master of Ceremonies and the Honourable Jean Augustine as the keynote speaker.

"As Brampton's first Black female Councillor, I am very proud to co-host this event, recognizing the women who came before me and blazed a trail. With wonderful examples like the Honourable Jean Augustine's many achievements in education, politics and social causes, International Women's Day is an opportunity to celebrate all of our accomplishments,” said city councillor, Charmaine Williams. 

The Zonta Club of Brampton and Caledon will present a series of workshops including Successful Women in Business, Powerful Women in Politics , Fighting for Gender Equity, Equality and Advocacy, Empowering Mothers, Engaging Youth and Teens, Mind, Soul, Health and Well-being, Inspiring Women of Culture and Faith and Women in STEM.

"Brampton's Mosaic is made richer every day thanks to the immense contributions of women across our city and recognizing the formidable women who have served on Brampton City Council. This event is an opportunity to celebrate women's achievements here in Brampton, across Canada, and around the world,” said Mayor Patrick Brown.

Rowena Santos, Regional Councillor, said, “Events like this add to our strong advocacy and education efforts to end violence against women. I hope women and men from all of Brampton's diverse communities will join us on International Women's Day to celebrate women's achievements, join the discussion in our workshops and continue to push for a more gender-balanced world." 

These workshops are free to attend, but those who are interested in attending must register by February 28, 2020. 

The celebratory walk will take place from Daily Times Square, along Queen Street, down Main Street South and into the City Hall Atrium at 12:00 p.m.

The official ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will feature speeches, performances and formal recognition of past and present female members of Brampton City Council. 

Photo courtesy of the City of Brampton

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