Skip navigation.

The world of humanity has two wings -- one is women and the other men. Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly. Should one wing remain weak, flight is impossible. Not until the world of women becomes equal to the world of men in the acquisition of virtues and perfections, can success and prosperity be attained as they ought to be. ~ Abdu'l-Baha

International Women's Day

An international celebration of education and empowerment

International Women's Day

Around the world, International Women's Day, officially celebrated on 8 March but practically on the nearest weekend, marks a celebration of the economic, social, cultural and political achievements for women. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. Women in every country, often divided by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate this important date that represents equality, justice, peace and development.

International Women's Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women seeking to participate equally in society on an equal footing with men. Until women are fully represented at senior leadership levels of public, professional and economic life, women do not have equal rights nor an equal voice.

Baha'is emphasize the United Nations International Women's Day because it recognizes and promotes the contribution of women to the betterment of societies all around the world. Baha'is believe that unless and until women achieve their equal and rightful status working alongside of men in all realms of human endeavor: political, economic, social and religious, world peace can never be established. Learn more

Call for Nominations

Nominations are being sought for women who demonstrate generosity of spirit, courage, creativity, determination, steadfastness, leadership, enthusiasm, love, caring, and other attributes enrich our community.

Please consider categories such as arts, business, community service, education, health, literacy, mentoring, motherhood, peace, science, and nominate an outstanding woman or female youth whom you would like to see recognized at the upcoming United Nations International Women’s Day award ceremony.

Individuals, organizations or community groups may put nominations forward.

Selected nominees will receive an award at the upcoming United Nations' International Women's Day ceremony on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

Criteria for Nominations:

  • The nominee must be a resident of St. Albert or Sturgeon County
  • The nominee's contribution may be current or in the past.
  • The contribution should have or has had a positive impact on our community.


Please complete this Nomination Form and forward it to the St. Albert Baha’i Community by:

Mail: Box 87, St. Albert, AB T8N 1N2
Fax: 780-460-8408

For more information please contact May at (780) 459-4060 or Elaine at (780) 460-2151.

Nominations close on Saturday, February 9, 2015.

Thank you for your participation.

Previous Recipients: Women Who Make a Difference

  • Brandi Robinson -- Child Advocate & Unsung Heroine
  • Rebecca Balanko -- Youth Empowerment
  • Kaileen Chisholm -- Youth
  • Eryl Jones -- Education, Senior, Arts
  • Corissa Tymafichuk and Andrea Payne -- Human Rights
Jenny Bocock (Senior, Unsung Heroine, Protector of the Environment)
Velvet Martin (Unsung Heroine, Advocate for Children with Disabilities)
Katie Fitzgerald (Youth, Activist and Volunteer Extraordinaire)
Sarah Hall (Unsung Heroine, Supporter of Mothers and Community Life)
Lynne Rosychuk (Unsung Heroine, Champion of the Vulnerable)

  • Annette Bruce -- Family Initiatives
  • Violet Oko -- Unsung Heroine
  • Shayna Harris -- Youth
  • Janice Manderson -- Arts
  • Terra Bell -- Special Needs