Verdi Club holds 8th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration

 

Organizers Filomena Rosati, Livia Cerasa, Donna Tontodonati, Anna Rosso, Anita Donofrio, Emma DiPasquale and Betty Federico pose for a photo at the Verdi Club’s 8th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration March 8.

Organizers Filomena Rosati, Livia Cerasa, Donna Tontodonati, Anna Rosso, Anita Donofrio, Emma DiPasquale and Betty Federico pose for a photo at the Verdi Club’s 8th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration March 8.

By Adam D’Andrea

Over 150 women packed into the Verdi Club last Saturday night to participate in their 8th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration.

Women of all ages came out to enjoy dinner, entertainment and a celebration of the achievements and advances made by women worldwide. Organizer and master of ceremonies Anita Donofrio said she believes the event is a great chance to acknowledge the progress women have made throughout history.

“Each year, March 8 and the week of March 8 provide an opportunity to take stock of our progress as women toward gender equality and to honour the contributions that women like ourselves have made, and are making, both in Canada and around the world,” said Donofrio.

The first IWD was held on March 19, 1911 in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark. Beginning as a way for women to combat problems such as discrimination and voting rights, the focus has shifted more so toward acknowledging women’s accomplishments and achievements. While Donofrio agreed that the focus should be on the positive, she said there are still issues that need to be addressed.

“I believe that it’s still difficult for women to be in authoritative positions and even be equal in workplaces,” said Donofrio. “I mean, we’ve made advances but we still can make more.”

Entertainment for the evening was provided by The Catz Meow Dance Centre and St. Thomas of Villanova dance team member Daniella Resendes. The guest speaker for the event was Joyce Montrose, Windsor and Essex County branch coordinator for the Canadian Diabetes Association.

“Right here in Essex County there are about 48,000 people who’ve been diagnosed with diabetes and we want to make sure that everyone in Essex County knows where to get the resources they need to manage their diabetes, and also to get the message out about how to delay and prevent type 2 diabetes,” said Montrose.

The CDA is currently advocating for more coverage so people can have better access to the resources needed to manage the complications of diabetes, the consequences of which can be severe. According to Montrose, diabetes is a leading cause of heart disease, strokes, blindness, kidney disease and amputation outside of accidents.

Montrose, who has lived in many communities across Canada, said there has been a celebration for IWD in every place she’s lived.

“It makes me feel very proud to be a Canadian woman because here in Canada we have equal rights, and we’re able to help our international sisters achieve what we have,” said Montrose.

A portion of the proceeds made from the event will be donated to the CDA.

 

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