Dozens of people gathered at the Local Community Food Centre Saturday to mark International Women’s Day.

The event was organized by Optimism Place.

Anne Carbert delivered the keynote address.

She restarted the Stratford chapter of Amnesty International.

Carbert explains the connection between Amnesty and Women’s Day.

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She says it’s good to balance the celebration of past accomplishments with a reminder of the work that remains.

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Unifor Local 4451 also presented a $2000 cheque for the Emily Murphy Centre.

Bonnie Henderson presented the funds on behalf of the union.

She says organized labour’s commitment to equality goes above and beyond merely negotiating collective bargaining agreements.

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Unifor donates $100,000 each year to women’s shelters across Canada.

Henderson says this draws attention to how underfunded the shelters are in all parts of the country.

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Optimism Place is also hosting its annual spaghetti fundraising dinner tonight at Madelyn’s Diner in Stratford.

Tickets are $10 each and there are two seatings; one at 5:00pm and the other at 6:30pm.

More information can be found at its website or Facebook event page.

For more information about Amnesty International in Stratford email StratfordAmnesty@yahoo.ca