International Women's Week

Equal for Equal

The idea for an International Women's Day arose around the turn of the 20th century out of a long-standing movement for women to participate equally in society. The first International Women's Day was observed on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. That day, more than one million women and men showed their support by participating in public events. Between 1913 and 1917, women elsewhere in Europe began to celebrate the day as well.
Over time, International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration. The theme was expanded by the United Nations in 1975 with the International Women's Year. By 1977, the United Nations had adopted a resolution designating March 8 as International Women's Day.
Today, International Women's Day is a national holiday in many countries and following the United Nations' lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women's Day (IWD).

This year’s theme – #EqualforEqual

"An equal world is an enabled world. How will you help forge a gender equal world? Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. Collective action and shared ownership for driving gender parity is what makes International Women's Day successful." - International Women's Day 2020 Official Site

In Canada, only a third of graduates in STEM are women, a difference that’s magnified in fields such as engineering and computer science. Meanwhile, Canada and other countries face major job shortages in many STEM fields. When women are held back from filling high-quality jobs like these, Canada’s economy is also held back.
Increasing the number of women in STEM is a simple, direct and effective way to fuel change that improves the lives of people across Canada. Let’s work together to create more opportunities for women and girls in STEM, where they can help shape our future into one of greater equality and prosperity for everyone.

(From Status of Women Canada)

(The dates below reflect events happening in 2020.)

Friday, March 6th, 2020

International Women's Day Event - 8:00-10:30 pm

Women's Council House - 989 Young Ave. Halifax, NS, B3H 2V9

Organized By: Avalon Sexual Assault Centre. Concert. International Women's Day, celebrated globally since 1975, is a focal point in the movement for women's rights. It is a day when all women are recognized for all their achievements. Music Nova Scotia is proud to join the many other music industry associations across the country celebrating International Women’s Day. Tickets are $15 dollars in advance, and $25 at the door. All proceeds will be donated to the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre. This event is support for FACTOR, the Government of Canada, The Women's council House and Music Nova Scotia.

Cost: Tickets are $15 dollars in advance, and $25 at the door. All proceeds will be donated to the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre.

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

A Rapist in Your Way (Un violador en tu camino) FLASH MOB

Saturday, March 7, from 2 PM – 3:30 PM

2:00 pm - Gather at Victoria Park.

Flash Mob at 2:15 pm Halifax Central Library

Hosted by Beth La and Maria Jose Yax-Fraser. Flash Mob. A Rapist in Your Way (Un violador en tu camino) FLASH MOB. First performed in Santiago, Chile, during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in November 25, 2019, the protest has since spread around the world and performed in different languages to denounce the failure of the justice system and society in general to protect women and girls against sexualized gender-based violence. Please watch the videos and learn the choreography and lyrics before the rehearsal. Please let us know if you are interested in joining us and please share this invitation with others who identify as women.

Femme the Future: Global Perspective - Thursday, March 7

**Due to popular demand this event now is a TWO-DAY PANEL!**

Presented by HRES Peer Educators:
Student panelists will discuss their individual and collective visions, locally and globally, on gender equity. This panel will provide a platform for some to speak to their lived experiences publicly for the first time and to enrich our understanding of the intersectional impacts of gender inequality.

Panelists will be speaking to the topics of:
gender (in)equality in Singapore,
sexualized violence prevention,
role of government and politics on gender equity,
and more.
This event is free and everyone is welcome! Light refreshments will be provided.

Location: LeMarchant Place, Atrium

Time: 6:00PM

International Women's Day Breakfast

International Women's Forum - Atlantic Chapter’s annual celebration of International Women’s Day!
The cost to attend the event is $60 per person or $600 for a table of ten. 

This year, the breakfast will feature a panel discussion on "Canadian Women in Research - Having Impact and Changing the World". The panel will be moderated by Dr. Alice Aiken, Vice-President Research at Dalhousie University. The panel will focus on remarkable women researchers whose work is changing the world. They will speak about how their work addresses the UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, and how they are having impact locally, regionally, nationally or internationally. They are from diverse fields and come with different techniques and perspectives, but have one thing in common, they are having positive impact and changing the world.

The panelists:
Professor Alice Aiken is the Vice President – Research & Innovation at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Dr. Aiken is currently the Vice Chair of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and chairs the board of Research Nova Scotia.
Roseann O'Reilly Runte
is the President and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation. She has led a number of universities in Canada and the U.S. and has played a role in the economic development of the regions in which they were located. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.
Dr. Debbie Martin
is Inuk from NunatuKavut and is an interdisciplinary-trained health researcher. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples’ Health and Well-Being in the Faculty of Health, with a cross-appointment in the Faculty of Dentistry, at Dalhousie University. She is the current Chair of the Institute Advisory Board for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute for Indigenous Peoples’ Health.
Ingrid Waldron, PhD
. is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University, the Director of the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health Project (The ENRICH Project), and the Co-Chair of Dalhousie University’s Black Faculty & Staff Caucus. 
Clarissa Sit
holds a BSc Honours in Pharmacology and a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Alberta. She worked as an NSERC Banting and Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School. She is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Saint Mary’s University.
Dr. Christine Chambers
is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Children’s Pain and a Killam Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. Dr. Chambers was identified as one of the top 10 most productive women clinical psychology professors in Canada. Her Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) funded “It Doesn’t Have to Hurt” initiative generated 150M content views worldwide. She is the Scientific Director of a recently established $7.3M national network with 78 partners, Solutions for Kids in Pain/Solutions pour la douleur chez les enfants (SKIP).  

Location: Westin Nova Scotian Hotel - Commonwealth Ballroom (The Port Authority is kindly providing free parking in the lot in front of the Farmer’s Market. There is also parking at the Westin.)

Time: 8:00 - 9:30AM

International Women's Day Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rita Orji

Celebrating Women Across the Diversity Spectrum in the fields of Science, Math, Technology, and Innovation
Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Rita Orji, Asst. Professor Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University

This event is presented in partnership between The African Nova Scotian and Racially Visible Women’s Network, Halifax Regional Municipality’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and The Halifax Central Library.
All are invited to this free event! Come enjoy a host of activities including information booths, door prizes, entertainment, and healthy snacks.
Please email Lillian Ash at to confirm your attendance.

Location: Halifax Central Library, Paul O’Regan Theatre, 5440 Spring Garden Rd

Time: Friday, March 8. 1:00 - 4:00PM

International Women's Day film screening: The Girls of Meru

Celebrate International Women's Day, March 8, 2019 at 7pm, with a free film screening of the 160 Girls Project National Film Board documentary The Girls of Meru. This is followed by Q&A with award-winning filmmaker Andrea Dorfman. Watch the trailer at:
This is a fundraising event for The Equality Effect's 160 Girls Project  (​ Donations accepted after event.

Register for free:…

Location: O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Public Library

Time: Friday, March 8. 7:00 - 10:00PM