Celebrating International Women's Day

March 8, 2022 -- Today, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) commemorates International Women’s Day. While celebrating the contribution of all women, we draw particular attention to women with disabilities who also contend with ableism and other forms of intersecting discrimination related to their particular identities. We celebrate the work that women with disabilities living in Canada are doing to promote access and inclusion.  One significant change-maker has been the DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada (DAWN Canada) which has been advancing feminist solutions to ableism and intersectional barriers since 1986. CCD applauds the work of DAWN Canada on International Women’s Day.

CCD also applauds the many individual women with disabilities who have been making a difference in Canada.

Young women with disabilities are leaders on campuses across Canada. They are explaining how educational practices need to be transformed to be inclusive of learners with disabilities.

In the home, women with disabilities are mothers, caregivers to family members; we are the heads of many households.

In the labour market, we have jobs ranging from cabinet minister to medical professional to artist.

In sport, we are representing our country at the Paralympics.

Senior women with disabilities are sharing the wisdom they have acquired navigating the barriers caused by discrimination.

The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, 2022 (IWD 2022) is, “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”. Many women with disabilities who work in community organizations are working hard to keep people safe as many groups contend with changes to public health requirements related to COVID-19.