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International Women's Day

HIPC recognizes International Women’s Day

Around the world, people celebrate International Women's Day on March 8. The day is not specific to any country, group or organization -  IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. This day celebrates the many achievements of woman, and it also serves as a reminder that gender parity has not been achieved.

More than half of Canada’s population is made up of women, but overall women continue to be underemployed and undervalued in workplaces. Immigrant women are especially likely to be underemployed.

It is time to remedy this situation. As an article in today’s Globe and Mail points out, 21% of all Canadian women and girls are immigrants, growing to 30% or more within the next decade. Immigrant women in Canada are much more likely to hold a university degree than are women born in Canada, yet female newcomers with university degrees earn on average half of their Canadian-born counterparts. This is not a new phenomenon.

Evidence shows that diverse workplaces lead their sectors in terms of profits, yet employers continue to struggle with increasing diversity in hiring. Whether due to undue emphasis on Canadian experience or simply lack of awareness of the skills that newcomers bring, this translates into a “lose-lose” situation for employers and newcomers.

HIPC has identified employment as a priority this year. We hope to raise awareness locally that immigrant women have much to offer.

In the meantime, we will celebrate the many accomplishments and improvements made by women around the world. Happy International Women’s Day!

Did You Know?

International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since the early 1900's. As many industrialized countries experienced turbulence, booming population growth, and the rise of radical ideologies, women became more vocal in their demands for change – and for increased rights.

At the forefront of this movement was an
immigrant woman named Theresa Malkiel. In 1891, she arrived in New York at the age of only 17, fleeing with her family from anti-Semitism in Russia. Like many young female immigrants, she had to provide for herself, and she did so by working in the garment industry. Sixty-five hour work weeks and appalling conditions led her to advocate for safer workplaces for working-class women and immigrant women. As she grew in age and influence, she focused on issues like suffrage (right to vote), naturalization, and access to education.
HIPC Annual Event
 
We are pleased to invite you to our upcoming Annual Event which will take place on Tuesday, March 26, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the auditorium of the Dave Braley Centre in downtown Hamilton-100 Main Street West. Program includes immigration research highlights, HIPC year in review presentation, entertainment, and networking lunch.
 
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HIPC Meets with City Council

HIPC continues to meet with members of Hamilton City Council to discuss local immigration data and  highlight the services our partnership offers for newcomers in Hamilton. Our member delegations have had engaging conversations including affordable housing, city building, inclusive community engagement, mentorship, and employment. 

Community Announcements 
  • Leymah Gbowee-Peace and Progress in Liberia. Free event on March 14, 2019 1:00 PM. Registration required: bit.ly/empowermentleymah 
  • La Caravana: Panel Discussion and Q&A on the Central American Migrant Crisis, Wednesday April 3, 2019. RSVP: bit.ly/lacaravanapanel  
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