Mokami Status of Women Council
March 8 is recognized as International Women's Day
IWD Backgrounder
"International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.
Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women's oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.
In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913.
In 1910 a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named a Clara Zetkin (Leader of the 'Women's Office' for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women's Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day - a Women's Day - to press for their demands. The conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women's clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Zetkin's suggestion with unanimous approval and thus International Women's Day was the result." -
March 8, 2016
The Mokami Status of Women Council held a luncheon at the Royal Canadian Legion in celebration of ALL Women!

The theme this year was "Women in Suits and Uniform".

We invited Reverend Beatrice Hope and Hilda Broomfield Letemplier to be our guest speakers; Reverend Hope is the first female Moravian Minister from Labrador's North Coast and Mrs. Letemplier is the President and Chief Financial Officer of Pressure Pipe Steel Fabrication Limited. Hilda's company was named Small Business of the Year at the 2012 Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council's (CAMSC) Business Achievement Awards in Toronto. Pressure Pipe Steel Fabrication Limited is also 100% Inuit/Aboriginal.

Both women exemplify what it means to be a successful woman in a non-traditional industry. Not only are these two incredible women successful, they are both Aboriginal, they are both Inuit. Fantastic!

Click on the link below to hear Reverend Hope's story:

Warning: Some content contains mature subject matter and may not be suitable for children.

MSWC would like to thank the Royal Canadian Legion, our guest speakers, our amazing staff and all who had attended the luncheon. Your support is truly amazing!
March 8, 2013 Celebration
In celebration of International Women's Day (IWD), Mokami Status of Women Council (MSWC) held a lunch and discussion panel in the NORTHERN CROSS COMMUNITY CHURCH. We had a wonderful crowd of over 125 join us to listen to our panel of speakers.
Community Support
Although the luncheon was complimentary, we did accept donations for the Women Helping Women project and received cash and products for this program. Workers at Muskrat Falls Lower Churchill Project held a 50/50 draw and made a sizeable donation to us. And Yvonne Jones was joined by her fundraising team (Libra House staff, Liberal Women's Association, and Rotary Club). They presented a cheque for nearly $30,000.00 to be shared by Libra House and MSWC!
Our panelists
Sheila Shiwak, one of the founding members of Mokami Status of Women Council

Yvonne Jones, MHA - Cartwright-L'Anse au Clair

Sgt Kelly Luffman, 34 Military Police Flight, 5 Wing Goose Bay

Lidija Chubbs, Environmental and Loss Control Manager, Serco; Counsellor, Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Dr. Rebecca Schiff, Assistant Professor, Aboriginal Health, Labrador Institute, Memorial University; Co Chair, Mokami Status of Women Council
Documentary in celebration of International Women's Day and Multiculturalism Awareness.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide was filmed in 10 countries and follows Kristof, WuDunn, and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality — which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds — present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change. All over the world women are seizing this opportunity.
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Over time and distance, the equal rights of women have progressed. We celebrate the achievements of women while remaining vigilant and tenacious for further sustainable change. There is global momentum for championing women's equality. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.

Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day. The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that "all the battles have been won for women" while many feminists from the 1970's know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy.

With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women's visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men. However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.

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