International Women's Week

Redefining Ourselves: Equality, Resistance and Resilience

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 celebrated in many more. Following the United Nations' lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women's Day (IWD).

(From Status of Women Canada)

This year at Dalhousie University, student leaders, staff and faculty are hosting a number of events, on campus and off, to celebrate International Women's Week.
Come join the conversations on why gender equality matters!

(The dates below reflect events that happened in 2018.)

Femmebot: Spoken Word and Poetry Night - Tuesday, March 6

Femmebot: Spoken Word and Poetry Night

Organizers: Good Robot Brewing Company

Good Robot Brewing Company (2736 Robie St.)

6:00pm – 9:00pm

International Women's Day 2018 is quickly approaching. After the huge success of FemmeBot last year we have decided to expand our celebrations by turning this special day into a 3-day event. The first of which is a night of Spoken Word and Poetry.

This event kicks off with an open-mic to welcome all to perform poetry and spoken word.


Film Screening of "Whale Rider" - Tuesday, March 6

Indigenous Student Centre

Location: Student Union Building, room 303

Time: 6:30pm


Femmebot: Spoken Word and Poetry Night - Wednesday, March 7

Good Robot Brewing Company

Good Robot Brewing Company (2736 Robie St.)

12:00pm – 3:00pm

International Women's Day 2018 is quickly approaching. After the huge success of FemmeBot last year we have decided to expand our celebrations by turning this special day into a 3-day event. The first of which is a night of Spoken Word and Poetry.


NSFL International Women’s Day Breakfast- Thursday, March 8

Nova Scotia Federation of Labour

NSGEU (255 John Savage Drive, Dartmouth)

 7:30am – 9:00am

For tickets and more information:

It is that time of year again to celebrate International Women’s Day! The NSFL Women’s Committee and the Nova Scotia Government Employees’ Union are hosting the 3rd Annual Women’s Day Breakfast at NSGEU on Thursday, March 8 at 8 am. Guest speaker Sister Lynn Jones will be with us - Lynn has been active in the pursuit of justice, working tirelessly for many causes and organizations that seek to eradicate racism, secure human rights, and achieve fair labour practices. She has been honoured with many awards including the Queen's Medal, the Congress of Black Women of Canada’s Women of Excellence award, and the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour Human Rights Award. In 2016, she was recognized with an Honorary Doctorate from Acadia University.


Leading Ladies Networking: International Women’s Day! - Thursday, March 8

Leading Ladies Networking 

Lot Six Atrium Bar (1685 Argyle Street)

5:00pm – 7:00pm

We are offering a networking skills workshop where you can sharpen your skills and make sure you truly shine! Visit for details.


International Women’s Day Craft Fair and Panel Discussion - Thursday, March 8

Ladies Beer League

Timber Lounge Halifaxe (2712 Agricola Street)

5:00pm – 9:00pm

Join Ladies Beer League on International Women’s Day as we team up with Avalon Sexual Assault Center to help them bring a safe Bar Program to the Maritimes!

Drink some brews, Check out a panel discussion of female brewers, bartenders, entertainers, and industry leaders and shop the Craft fair!
All proceeds go to Avalon in support of their Safe Bars initiative!


Women in the City: Past, Present and Future - Thursday, March 8

Junior League of Halifax

Halifax Central Library (5440 Spring Garden Road)

6:30pm – 8:30pm

In honour of International Women’s Day, the Junior League of Halifax invites you to join us in celebrating the contributions of women’s organizations in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Thursday, March 8, join us to learn more about how you can become an agent of change!

Representatives from the YWCA, Pier 21, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Dalhousie Women’s Division, Halifax Women’s History Society, Fusion Halifax, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), and the Junior League of Halifax will come together for an engaging discussion about what they have accomplished as women's organizations, how they became involved, the impact on the community, and plans for the future.

Please join us March 8th at Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library to celebrate International Women's Day 2018. Doors open at 6:00pm. All are welcome! 


Opening Reception for Marlene Creates- Thursday, March 8

Opening Reception for Marlene Creates: Places, Paths, and Pauses

Dalhousie Art Gallery

Dalhousie Art Gallery (6101 University Ave)

7:00pm – 9:00pm

The exhibition follows Creates’s journey from solo actions in the land to works that examine the intersections of nature and culture, as she introduces hand-drawn mapping and stories, video and poetry, into her practice. Always held in tension with the visual, the sounds and meanings of words enrich many of Creates’s projects. They are drawn from narratives of ancestral lands in her series titled The Distance Between Two Points is Measured in Memories, Labrador 1988, assembling stories and memory maps by displaced indigenous Labradorians; they are written across the Canadian landscape in public signage (wryly investigated in her mid-career series Signs of Our Time, 1992- 2003); and they are discovered in local vernacular terms for naturally occurring phenomena (as in the multi-media works of A Newfoundland Treasury of Terms for Ice and Snow, 2011-14). The artist’s subtle poetic awareness finds its most recent expression in her videos and site-specific activities in The Boreal Poetry Garden.


Heaven is a Place on Earth: A San Junipero Screening- Friday, March 9

South House, SUNSCAD, Venus Envy – Halfiax and Dalhousie Student Union

Art Bar +Projects (1873 Granville St)

7:30pm – 9:30pm

We hold the vast and powerful magic to reimagine our futures. We can creatively and with care, craft mini-universes within our communities, bedrooms, lovers couches, friends arms that remind us to nourish the radical possibilities of a reality that we are the most deserving of. What is your San Junipero? Who do you link arms and share sodas with in your utopia? What does it feel like? When is science fiction transformative? Is love a technology? Is optimism a currency? 

Subtitles on screen. Event is PWYC and snacks will be provided. Childcare available upon request!


Smart is Sexy – Arts vs Science Trivia - Friday, March 9

Dalhousie Arts and Social Sciences Society (DASSS) and Dalhousie Science Society

The Grawood (6136 University Ave)

7:30pm – 11:30pm

Join us for smart is sexy - arts vs science trivia night.  Trivia will start at 7:30 and will be 19+ past 8:45

Questions will be a mixture of popular culture, arts, and science.

For more information, or if you have any questions, email


Prison Justice & Women’s Human Rights- Monday, March 12

A Discussion Panel on  The Conditions of Confinement, Human Rights Monitoring, and Health Protection for Women in Prison


Monday, March 12, 2018

McCain Building, Lecture Hall 2

Dalhousie University

3:30pm-5:00 pm


Emma Halpern

Executive Director, Elizabeth Fry Society

Hanna Garcon

East Coast Prison Justice Society

Martha Paynter

Women’s Wellness Within

Bianca …

First Voice

Sponsored by:

The East Coast Prison Justice Society

The Program in Law Justice & Society


The Gender & Women’s Studies Program

Dalhousie University


#MeToo Panel - Wednesday, March 14

Co-Sponsored by Dalhousie University's Political Science Department and Dalhousie Legal Aid's Women's Community Space

Panel consists of Megan Leslie (Former MP/NS NDP Party Leader), Dr. Maya Eichler (Professor in Department of Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent), Dr. Diane Crocker (Professor in Departments of Sociology and Criminology at Saint Mary's University), and Lianne Tessier (Women's Activisit).

Student Union Building, room 303 at 6pm

*FREE snacks and refreshments will be provided.