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February 10 - 17, Canada - Take it to Heart Week
(Canada)
An initiative which combines the anniversary of the Canadian Flag (Feb. 15), Heritage Day (Feb. 17), and Citizenship Week (Feb. 10-17).
(Lead department: Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Canadian Heritage)


March 8, International Women's Day
(International)
First marked in 1911 in many countries to protest women's working conditions. In 1977, the United Nations invited all member states to designate a day as International Women's Day and in most countries it is celebrated on March 8. The federal theme for 1999 is "Going Strong - Celebrating Older Women".
(Lead department: Status of Women Canada)

1999 Events


March 21, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
(International)
Proclaimed by the UN in 1966, this day is the anniversary of the 1960 Sharpeville shootings in South Africa where peaceful demonstrators against apartheid were killed. Since 1989, there has been a national public education campaign in Canada to raise awareness among Canadians of the existence of racism.
(Lead department: Canadian Heritage)


April 17, Equality Day
(Canada)
Marks the date when one of the equality provisions (Section 15) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into force.


June 21, National Aboriginal Day
(Canada)
Established in 1996, this day provides an opportunity to learn more about the Aboriginal cultural heritages of Canada.
(Lead Department: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)


September 8, International Literacy Day
(International)
Established by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to focus public attention on illiteracy and to encourage action by governments, non-governmental organizations and the general public to eliminate the problem of illiteracy world-wide.
(Lead department: Human Resources Development Canada)


October, Women's History Month
(Canada)
Celebrates women's contributions to Canada's development, past and present. In 1998 the theme for Women's History Month (WHM) was: The Business of Women: an evolving story. October was chosen because of the historical significance of the Persons Case (see next entry).
(Lead department: Status of Women Canada)

1998 WHM Events
1998 Booklet
1997 Booklet


October 18, Persons Day
(Canada)
On October 18, 1929, the British Privy Council decided that women were "persons" under Canadian law, and therefore eligible for appointment to the Senate. This decision was rendered after a lengthy legal and political struggle, known as the "Persons Case". Each year, the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case are presented on or around this date.
(Lead department: Status of Women Canada)

Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case


November 20, National Child Day
(Canada)
Commemorates the date in 1989 when the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Government of Canada designated November 20 as National Child Day in 1993.
(Lead department: Health Canada)

National Child Day 1998 Web Site


November 25 - December 10, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
(International)
November 25, the International Day to End Violence Against Women, was declared by women in Latin America and the Caribbean in 1981. The day commemorates the death of the Mirabel sisters who were brutally murdered in the Dominican Republic in 1960. Sixteen days have been set aside for "activism against gender violence".


December 1, World AIDS Day
(International)
Sponsored by the World Health Organization, this day was originated in 1988 to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS issues around the world.
(Lead department: Health Canada)


December 3, International Day of Disabled Persons
(International)
First declared in 1992, this day reminds people of the special concerns, rights and needs of disabled persons. December 3 is also the anniversary of the adoption of the World Programme of Action concerning Disabled Persons in 1982.


December 6, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
(Canada)
Established by parliamentary consensus in 1991 to recognize violence against women, this National Day commemorates the tragic deaths of 14 young women on this date in Montreal in 1989.
(Lead department: Status of Women Canada)

News Release, December 3, 1998
Iqaluit Declaration
Some Facts on Violence against Women
Questions and Answers about Violence against Women


December 10, Human Rights Day
(International)
Celebrates the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaimed in 1948. An opportunity to reinforce Canada's commitment to women's rights as human rights.
(Lead department: Canadian Heritage)


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