An important gathering for women is planned in Moncton on International Women's Day next week.
New Brunswick women from government and the business world will come together for a forum to hear about the history of women's rights and the challenges being faced today.
Women's Council of New Brunswick executive director Beth Lyons says women who are still not considered equal and more men are realizing that.
"One of the things we talk about when we talk about gender equality is that all of our liberation is tied up in other people's liberation. I think that men realize it is the right thing to do to support work like this. There is also a benefit to them as well - when women rise, men are going to rise as well," she says.
Recent statistics show Canadian women working full-time earn 72 percent of what men earn on average.
The Moncton Wesleyan Centre will play host to this free event next Wednesday, March 8th starting at 2pm.
Local businesses are being asked to show their support by allowing women to attend the forum without having to take a sick day or vacation day.
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