International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​IWD gathering in 1911, supported by over 1 million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

This year, the Toronto office was joined by Nazanin Afshin-Jam, an Iranian-Canadian human rights activist, author and public speaker. She is also president and co-founder of Stop Child Executions as well as the founder of “The Nazanin Foundation”. She immigrated to Canada with her family in 1981. Nazanin shared her work fighting for gender equality in Iran and reminded the women of the office of the power, resiliency and strength of women around the world.