Media Advisory - International Women’s Day -- Canadian teacher leaders join global march in New York

March 07, 2013

NEW YORK…. The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) will be represented at a march in New York on March 8, International Women’s Day. The participants will be calling on countries around the world to put an end to violence against women and girls. Eight CTF Member organizations' teacher leaders are part of the 85-member global trade union delegation attending the United Nations 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), taking place March 4-15, 2013.

The march will include hundreds of trade union members represented by four international global union federations --- the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Education International (EI), Public Services International (PSI) and UNI Global Union.

The “For a Life Free from Violence Against Women and Girls” march, sponsored by over 115 organizations, is urging governments – including the Canadian government -- to step up to their responsibilities with respect to ending violence against women and girls in their respective countries. The march is in support of this year’s CSW theme “The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls”.

March details:


10 a.m. to noon, Friday, March 8, 2013


Assemble on 42nd St. and 1st Avenue
March at 10:30 a.m. to 47th St. and 3rd Avenue
End march and speeches at 47th and 1st Avenue (Ave Dag Hammarskjold Plaza)

CTF representatives:

Lily B. Cole, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association
Heather Smith, President of the New Brunswick Teachers’ Association
Maureen Weinberger, Vice-President of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario
Shari Worsfold, Treasurer, Yukon Teachers’ Association
Beatrice Walker, Manitoba Teachers’ Society (MTS)
Arlyn Filewich, MTS
Suzanne Jolicoeur, MTS
Karen Wiebe, MTS

The global trade union delegation represents over 70 million women workers from 27 countries around the world. Follow it on twitter @unioncsw or read its blog:


Media contact:

Francine Filion, [email protected], 613-899-4247