International Women's Week

Innovate For Change

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 – #InnovateForChange

Innovation and technology can help empower women and girls. Yet a growing digital divides means that women are underrepresented in fields like science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Let’s reverse this trend and innovate for change!
This year's theme for International Women’s Day is a call to action, asking everyone to harness the power of technology to create a more equal world. By removing the barriers facing women in STEM, we can unleash new ideas and solutions that will transform our society and strengthen our economy.
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 2019.)

Femme the Future: Global Perspective - Tuesday, March 5

**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:
intersectionality,
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: Rowe Management Bld, room 5053

Time: 6:00PM

The War on Gaza and Mizrahi Feminism (Public Lecture) - Wednesday, March 6

Presented by Professor Smadar Lavie, Simon and Riva Spatz Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies for the 2018-19 year. Dr Lavie is being hosted by the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology for the duration of her time at Dalhousie.

What is the relationship between Mizraḥi feminism and Israeli ultra-nationalism? What is the relevance of gender justice activism to the 2014 Gaza War and Israel's foreign policy? Mizraḥi protests dissipate and disappear when the Israel-Palestine conflict dominates the headlines. This lecture connects intra-Jewish racial and gendered dynamics to the 2014 Gaza War. It tracks sequences that began with social protest and ended with elections that bolstered Israel's political Right. In between came bloodletting between the IDF, the Palestinian Authority, and Israel's neighboring Arab states. The 2014 Gaza War was a watershed, but not only in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Under the smokescreen of war, Israel accelerated neoliberal economic reform. The first victims of this restructuring were Mizraḥi single mothers. Palestinians, however, would pay the highest price for Israel's Mizraḥi-Ashkenazi rift.​

https://alumni.dal.ca/get-connected/event/the-war-on-gaza-and-mizrahi-feminism-dr-smadar-lavie-2018-19-spatz-visiting-chair-in-jewish-studies/  

Location: Weldon Law Building, room W204

Time: 7:00PM

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:
intersectionality,
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

https://iwf-atlantic.silkstart.com/events/annual-international-womens-day-breakfast

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 ashli@halifax.ca 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: https://www.nfb.ca/film/girls-of-meru/
This is a fundraising event for The Equality Effect's 160 Girls Project  (http://theequalityeffect.org/160-girls/).​ Donations accepted after event.

Register for free: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/film-screening-the-girls-of-mer…

Location: O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Public Library

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