City launches International Women’s Day 2024 campaign to inspire inclusion

Womens Day 2024

BRANTFORD, ON: International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for over a century with the first gathering held in 1911. The day reflects on and celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality. The theme of IWD 2024 is #InspireInclusion. Marked annually on March 8th, International Women's Day (IWD) is an important day to:

  • Celebrate women's achievements
  • Raise awareness about women's equality
  • Lobby for accelerated gender parity

Let’s talk about inspiring inclusion

Today, the City launched a “Let’s talk about inspiring inclusion” campaign on to engage the community in a conversation about how the City, businesses and local organizations can do more to inspire inclusion in Brantford. Get involved by telling us your ideas for making Brantford a more inclusive community, and/or submit a question for our upcoming “Women in Governance: A Candid Conversation” panel event.

March 8, 2024 - Events and Activities

  • IWD Flag Raising and City Hall Illumination – Members of the community are invited to attend a Flag Raising Ceremony where the IWD flag will be raised at Harmony Square, 89 Dalhousie St, Brantford at 10:00 a.m. City Hall will also be illuminated in purple on the evening of March 8th in celebration of Women’s Day in Brantford.

  • Nova Vita Celebrates International Women’s Day 2024: March 6th – Learn more about how you can support the work of Nova Vita at

  • Women in Business Expo: March 8, 2024 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Marriot Brantford Convention Centre. Admission is free.

  • Globe & Mail and the Canadian Women’s Foundation present “Equity at Work: Cultivating career growth and inclusivity” - A free virtual event on Thursday, March 7th from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

  • Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion: Gender equity – International Women’s Day and beyond. March 7th from 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.

City hosts Women in Governance: A Candid Conversation – March 20th

Join us for an engaging and insightful discussion that promises candid conversation, exploring the challenges that women face in the political arena and the inspiring stories of overcoming these obstacles. Brantford City Councillors Rose Sicoli, Linda Hunt and Mandy Samwell will be joined by other panelists including, Emily McIntosh, Executive Director of CONTACT Community Services and initiator of The Women of Ontario Say No, Tracey Vaughan, CAO of The Township of Coburg, Natasha Solonen, Mayor, Wilmot and Ann-Marie Kungl, City Councillor, Barrie, among others that will be announced prior to the event. 

Members of the public have the option to attend in person or virtually and the discussion will be recorded on the City’s YouTube channel for future viewing.

In Person:

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
Brantford City Hall, Council Chambers
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

To attend virtually:

Please register at:

Together, let us continue to champion the achievements and contributions of women, not only on International Women's Day but throughout the year.


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Maria Visocchi Director, Communications, Community Engagement and Customer Service
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