El Jones, left, and Glenn Thompson are two guest speakers at the March 8 International Women's Day event hosted by the Central Nova Women's Resource Centre.

TRURO – Are you a parent of a daughter, and do you want your daughter treated fairly?

That’s the question the Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre is asking in the week leading up to its International Women’s Day event on March 8. In the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns across the world expanding awareness around sexual harassment, the theme of International Women’s Day is gender parity, and the fair and equal treatment of women and girls.

According to a press release issued by the local centre, women will earn 27 per cent less than men, on average. They’re under-represented in politics and around boardroom tables, and continue to be responsible for the majority of the care giving.

“As a society and as a community, we can do better,” said Tracy Dorrington-Skinner, the executive director of the local women’s resource centre. “This really should not be viewed as a women’s issue because the implications affect families. It is a social issue, and we all play an important role.”

The executive director relays the importance of creating an event and space for men and women, fathers and mothers, and employees and employers to attend together.

“Our message is stronger when we stand together, and that is why we felt it very important to have a male and a female guest speaker to each speak on the topic of gender parity,” Dorrington-Skinner said.

Glenn Thompson, a School Inclusion and Restorative Approach Consultant for the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, will be one of the guest speakers at the March 8 event. Professor, activist, radio host, and former poet-laureate for Halifax El Jones will also speak. Cobequid Educational Centre students Bailey Chisholm and Tara Cashen will make a special presentation. The event will also feature a balloon blitz for a $350 diamond necklace from Inglis Jewelers, as well as cash prizes. All proceeds from the event will go to programs supported by the women’s resource centre.

The event runs from noon until 1 p.m. March 8 at the Best Western Glengarry in Truro. Tickets are $25 each and include access to the event, and lunch, including dessert, tea, and coffee. Tickets can be purchased at the Central Nova Women’s Resource Centre and online at www.cnwrc.ca.