International Women's Day 2020

February 19, 2020

Written by: Alicen Ricard

International Women's Day is March 8 and this year is "Each for Equal”. The big question they are asking this year is “how will you forge a gender-equal world?” They are challenging us to celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality.  Check out some of the check out some of the local events for IWD below:


International Women’s Day 2020: Equal + EMPOWERED - March 1 - 31
Join UBC Arts & Culture District to activate for gender equity and the global celebration of International Women’s Day.
Plans are still being confirmed for this year, but they will include:
-Changemaker Showcase: Performances and panels with student and community artists who are inspiring social change
-UBC Equality March: Led by the UBC Thunderbird Band
-Craftivisim: A pop-up activist art making workshop and artist sale
Venues include the Museum of Anthropology, UBC Life Building, and more to be announced!

In Plain Sight - March 2 - April 17
"In Plain Sight" is a photojournalistic look at the lives and careers of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, where they are often overlooked. Women are underrepresented in these fields and are rarely seen in the media as STEM professionals. Simon Fraser University’s WWEST program has developed this exhibition to further its mission to engage industry, the community and students to increase the awareness and participation of women and other under-represented groups in STEM fields of study and careers.

10th Annual International Women's Day Luncheon - March 6
Join Bridges for Women Society for the 10th annual International Women’s Day luncheon for an inspiring gathering in Victoria BC, with keynote speakers, networking opportunities, a delicious lunch, and solidarity for women’s empowerment.

Their keynote speakers are powerful women whose work explores the role of art and creativity in nurturing personal growth, revitalizing culture, and building community:
-Frazey Ford, Vancouver-based singer-songwriter and actor
-Lindsay Delaronde, Victoria's inaugural Indigenous Artist in Residence and practicing professional artist
-Dr. Darlene Clover, University of Victoria professor whose research focuses on arts, women's political education, and social activism
-Tiffany Joseph, Bridges graduate and storyteller engaged in W̱SÁNEĆ cultural and ecological revitalization
-Diane Gilliland, former Bridges counsellor and member of the Victoria Storytellers Guild

Walk in Her Shoes - March 8
Women and girls in developing countries walk an average of 6 km every day to collect clean water. By walking in their shoes, you can raise funds to help provide water closer to home, meaning girls can go to school and women can earn an income instead of walking hours a day to collect water.

Join CARE’s Walk In Her Shoes campaign, walk up to 10,000 steps in solidarity with women and girls around the world, and the funds you raise will help fight poverty and social injustice.

Each for Equal: Collective Individualism in Action - March 8
Social Root Consulting is proud to host an online panel discussion of empowered women who work, play, and live in Canada.

Equality is not a women's issue, it's a business and community issue.
Gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive.

A gender equal world can be healthier, wealthier and more harmonious - so what's not great about that?

Wonder Woman Networking Event - March 9
The Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) and Science World are proud to present the annual Wonder Women Networking Evening. Participants meet amazing women with careers in science and engineering and learn more about their pathways. This event will be held under the geodesic dome and is a joint venture between Science World and SCWIST.

Learn more about IWD and how you can get involved here.