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Celebrate International Women’s Day in Brampton

BRAMPTON, ON (February 28, 2024) – The City of Brampton is celebrating International Women’s Day and the many achievements and contributions of women and individuals who identify as women who, throughout history, have done so much to make Brampton the livable, compassionate and prosperous city it is today.

Enjoy a night out at The Rose to celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 9, 2024. Experience an intimate fireside chat and hear from influential women leaders in arts, business, health and public service. Hosted by the Zonta Club of Brampton-Caledon, speakers include Brampton Councillors, Rowena Santos and Navjit Kaur Brar, panelists Dr. Manisha Pahwa Ph.D., Canadian Film Director Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation Claire Sault, Peel Region Commissioner of Health Services Nancy Polsinelli and CEO of Gray Matter Health Marci Gray.

Shop and support women-owned businesses at the vendor marketplace and connect with Brampton-based women’s advocacy and empowerment groups, all while enjoying complimentary refreshments from local women-run Brampton business, Nourish & Fulfill.  

Event Details  
Date: March 9, 2024 
Time: 6 - 8 PM 
Location: The Rose, 1 Theatre Ln, Brampton, ON L6V 0A3
Keep the evening going and enjoy a performance by Grammy-nominated Irish American supergroup Cherish the Ladies at 8 PM Purchase tickets here

The City thanks its generous sponsors, Coke Canada Bottling and Toronto Pearson.

Brampton Women Empowerment Network (WEN)
In December 2022, City Council passed a motion moved by Councillors Santos and Brar to establish an employee resource group for empowering women in leadership to identify career developmental and mentorship opportunities available to women and individuals who identify as women in the City and provide a safe space for authentic conversations.  

The Brampton Women Empowerment Network (WEN) is a safe space for women working at the City of Brampton.  The network aims to: 
  • encourage equality and empower women in leadership 
  • identify career developmental and mentorship opportunities 
  • connect members with other staff to build a network 
  • host events and activities 

As part of the motion, the City has drafted a Terms of Reference for Brampton’s Women’s Advisory Committee that includes members of Council and appointed citizens, modeled after examples from Edmonton and Halifax. The City launched the GBA+ training (e-learning) for all people leaders, senior leaders and City Council in the Fall of 2023 to help combat systemic inequalities and demonstrate our commitment to gender equity. 

Effective February 9, 2024, the training is available to all City of Brampton employees, including council-related committee members.

To learn more about how the City is honouring International Women’s Day visit

“Brampton has so many successful women who help make it a vibrant and thriving city. International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in Brampton and around the world. It's a celebration of progress, a call to action for equality and a reminder that every day is an opportunity to uplift, empower, and honor the remarkable women who shape our community.”
- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

“I am so proud to celebrate the incredible women in Brampton. I am surrounded by strong, successful and inspiring women both personally and professionally and I am thankful for their contributions and lessons. I am excited to host the International Women’s Day fireside chat, alongside Councillor Navjit Kaur Brar and speak to many inspiring women in our community and hear their stories. I encourage residents to join us on March 9 and to get tickets for the Cherish the Ladies performance after the fireside chat for an unforgettable evening!”
- Rowena Santos, Regional Councillor, Wards 1 and 5; Chair, Community Services, City of Brampton 

“On International Women's Day, as a community, let’s take a moment to recognize the pivotal role women play in shaping communities and driving progress worldwide. This year’s theme is “Inspire Inclusion” and we are thrilled that the City of Brampton IWD event will celebrate the achievements of women from diverse backgrounds. It serves not just as a celebration of women's achievements, but as an important reminder of the ongoing journey towards gender equality and empowerment.”
- Navjit Kaur Brar, Regional Councillor, Wards 2 and 6; Vice-Chair, Community Services, City of Brampton


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