Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 10, 2011 09:39 ET

"Sisters in Arms" Film Viewing Held on International Women's Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 10, 2011) - On Tuesday, March 8, as part of the Centennial International Women's Day (IWD) activities, the Canadian Forces Support Unit (Ottawa) and the Chief of the Air Staff, Lieutenant-General André Deschamps, National Defence Champion for Women, were proud to host several screenings of the documentary film "Sisters in Arms" along with the film's director, at National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ), in Ottawa. 

More than 200 Canadian Forces members and employees of the Department of National Defence participated in the day's activities. "All of us in the Defence Team recognize the tremendous advances women have achieved in Canadian society," said LGen Deschamps, at the event. "We recognize the battles they have won, the courage and determination they have demonstrated and the significant social changes their efforts have brought to the global community."

Along with the screenings, there were question and answer sessions with the film's director, Beth Freeman, and women from the Canadian Forces who shared their experiences. A feature member of the panel was Lieutenant-Colonel (retired) Shirley Robinson, who is featured in the film and was instrumental in the effort to have women allowed into all trades, including the combat arms.

In addition to the film, Brigadier-General Hilary Jaeger, the National Medical Officer for Veterans Affairs Canada, and Kathryn White, the Executive Director of the United Nations Associations in Canada, gave stirring speeches on the centennial of the first observance of IWD-related events. Kiosks with representatives from approximately a dozen different organizations were also present to contribute to the event.

International Women's Day is held annually on 8 March. Established officially in 1977 by the United Nations, this special day recognizes women's achievements in our society. This year's theme was an "Equal Opportunity to Excel."

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