Celebrating International Women's Week

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MARMORA - People here are being encouraged to show their support for women everywhere next week.
Beginning next Monday, residents and business owners will celebrate International Women’s Week throughout Marmora and Lake.
Rev. Janice Chrysler, spiritual growth facilitator and owner of Mindful Journey, said Monday she’s been involved with International Women’s Day events for about five years.
The day is typically recognized on March 8. Marmora and Lake, however, has declared next week as a week to recognize women everywhere.
Local businesses are encouraged to show their support of equality in the workplace and the importance of the contribution women of the community make in all areas of life.
“For myself, International Women’s Day is very important. A lot of people don’t recognize there is a day for it,” said Chrysler. “Here in Canada, we have laws changed that give us equal rights and equal pay in the workplace... a lot of countries don’t have that.”
About five years ago, Chrysler hosted a community healing meditation event that included men and women and offered “a time of gratitude, forgiveness and healing to all the women who made an impact in our lives, our country and our world.”
That initial event has since grown into a Women in Wellness event – free and open to everyone – featuring various wellness vendors. As Marmora and Lake declares the week of March 1 through 8 as International Women’s Week... “because one day is not enough”, Chrysler is encouraging more people to get involved.
The week will kick off with a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. on March 1, at Flowers by Sue.
Business owners and residents can make a public show of support by displaying a purple and white bow – available at Flowers by Sue – on their shop or home door.
On March 8, Chrysler will be facilitating a free workshop at the William Shannon Room called Awaken the Inner Goddess – with a focus on self-empowerment.
“It’s not about women taking over the world,” she said. “It’s about being OK with your feminine energy.”
This year’s International Women’s Day theme is Pledge for Parity and while much has changed since women began fighting for equal pay for equal work, Chrysler said she believes some organizations still fail to adequately compensate women for their work.
Further, she fears women today may lose what previous generations have worked hard to earn.
“You can lose what you’ve earned very easily,” she said.
One example of this is advertising where women are portrayed as sexual objects with “not too much of a brain.”
“That disturbs me.”
To represent the colours of International Women’s Day, Chrysler will wear something purple, white or green each day during the week and encourages others to do the same.
Anyone hosting an event can advertise it on the International Women’s Day official website at http://www.internationalwomensday.com More information about Women in Wellness can be found here: https://healingcirclemeditation.wordpress.com
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