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The Canadian Embassy in Austria celebrated International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8th. Attending as Chair of Famous 5 Ottawa, she spoke about the organization and Canadian women.

She was joined by Ursula Moser, Founding Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Innsbruck, Canadian musician violinist Lucia Hall and pianist Catalina Butcaru.

Isabel highlighted the historical contribution of the Famous 5 and the Persons Case to the development of the Canadian constitution. She concluded with a summary about Canadian political women today.

The event was well attended and drew Ambassadors from Pakistan, China, Jordan, South Africa and a host of other nations.

The embassy marks the day each year in order to promote the status and rights of women, while recognizing their achievements. This has often involved having a Canadian woman speak on women’s issues, along with a cultural presentation or performance by Canadian or local women.