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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 2017.)

Monday, March 6

Bystander Intervention for Sexual Assault & Harassment Workshop - Get REAL and South House
South House and Get REAL are hosting a workshop about bystander intervention for incidents of sexual assault and harassment that will be lead by Avalon Sexual Assault Centre. South House, Get REAL, and Avalon all believe that sexual assault and harassment can happen to anyone regardless of their gender, race, or sexuality. 
Dalhousie Student Union building, room 302; 6.30pm - 9:00pm

Tuesday, March 7

Every woman, every child: Best practices in strengthening the lives of women and children in conflict - The Canadian Red Cross in partnership with Dalhousie University Global Health Office
Please join us to celebrate International Women's Day by hearing from experts on how Canadians are working around the world to strengthen the lives of women and children in fragile and conflict settings.
Panelists include:
Dr. Mariam Kone, Global Health Advisor, Canadian Red Cross
Dr. Shelly Whitman, Executive Director, Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative
Dr. Helen Scott, Executive Director, Canadian Partnership for Women and Children's Health
Free! Register with Eventbrite
Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library; Reception: 6:00pm, Panel discussion: 6:30pm

Wednesday, March 8

International Women’s Day

Women’s Day Coffee House - Dalhousie Oxfam Society
Oxfam is inviting students to come perform and listen at their annual Women’s Day Coffeehouse. You are welcome to perform any talent you may have including music, acting, etc.
The theme of the evening is empowering women.
The Muse Café , 1252 LeMarchant Street; 5:30-8:00pm

Pay Equity and the Legal Profession - Dalhousie Feminist Legal Association
Join us to celebrate International Women's Day's 2017 theme:#beboldforchange.
DFLA and the CBA-NS Young Lawyers Section are hosting a panel discussion on pay equity and the legal profession. Come learn about salaries, negotiations, and how to best financially prepare yourself for your career.
Lynn Iding, Managing Director of Legal Professional Resources at McInnes Cooper
Kymberly Franklin, Lawyer at NS Human Rights Commission
Nasha Nijhawan, Nijhawan McMillan Barristers 
Dr. Karen Foster, Assistant Professor of Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University, Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Rural Futures for Atlantic Canada
Weldon Law Building, room 207; 6:00 - 8:00pm

HER-STORY: A conversation with Black Women in Health careers - PLANS & HAAC
A conversation with black women in Health careers. Open to racialized, female identified students & community
Dr. Barb Hamilton-Hinch, Researcher/Professor
Shelina Gordon, Social Worker Candidate
Cinera States, 4th year Medical Student 
CHEB, 5793 University Ave, room 140; 6:15pm

Queer as a Crime; International Legal Perspectives - OUTLaw, Cox & Palmer, the CBA, HRES, and South House
A film screening of The Abominable Crime and panel discussion with Maurice Tomlinson, the film maker, and LeZlie Lee Kam, a queer trini elder and Community Advocate with Toronto's Senior Pride Network. The film deals with the effects of the criminalization of homophobia in Jamaica.
Free - all welcome; light refreshments served.
Weldon Law Building, room 105, 6061 University Ave; 7:00 - 10:00pm
[Accessibility info: scent free space, ramp to main entrance of the building and elevator in the building, gender-neutral bathrooms on the third and fourth floors.]

Thursday, March 9

Gender-Based Violence: Strategies for Canada and Beyond - Atlantic Council for International Cooperation and Dalhousie IDS Department
Join our roundtable discussion on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence. We will compare the ways in which cases of sexual assault are handled in Canada, South Africa and Jamaica. This event will be hosted by three Atlantic Council for International Cooperation Interns who were directly immersed efforts to combat Gender Based Violence in their respective countries. The aim of this event is to provide a supportive and intellectual discussion surrounding this issue.
McCain Arts and Science Building, 6135 University Ave, room 1130; 9:30 - 11:30am

From 53% to the Women's March: Self Righteous Liberalism Post Trump - South House & Dalhousie Student Union
The Dalhousie Student Union and South House present a facilitated community discussion around feminist organizing post The International Women’s March. We acknowledge that the International Women’s March actively excluded marginalized voices and was steeped in harmful liberal rhetoric around unified sisterhoods and shared experiences of "women". We wanted to create a dialogue that held our communities to loving accountability, demanded more of our feminist/ activist spaces, and catalyzed responsibility into action. We are hoping to open dialogue around the following questions:
1. What does tangible allyship and solidarity work look like at a space like a women's march?  How can folks challenge tone policing and violent rhetoric around “divisiveness”?
2. Zoe Samudzi writes: "What would this march might have looked like if it hadn’t revolved around a womanhood essentialized in white supremacy-maintaining ways?"
3. Marches are often not accessible spaces, how can we reimagine direct action to hold space for folks often excluded from this kind of organizing?
4. What are some skills/ tools to move on from guilt to self-reflection and then to action?
Student Union Building, room 307; 6:00 - 8:00pm. Snacks provided!
[Access Notes: The Student Union Building is accessible via ramp and the third floor is accessible via elevators. There are single stall, accessible, all gender washrooms on the third floor. There will be an active listener available for folks who may need to chat or just some decompression time during the event. Childcare available upon request: volunteer@southhousehalifax.ca]

Women reading Women: A Celebration of International Women's Day - Dalhousie Department of English and the Creative Writing Program
Nationally acclaimed poet and Dalhousie’s Writer-in-Residence Sue Goyette hosts an evening with Dalhousie students reading excerpts by their favourite women writers. Refreshments will be served.
The Muse (formally the Grad House); 7:00 - 9:00pm

Friday, March 10

In Conversation with Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard
The President’s Office is proud to host an in-depth conversation with Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard. A highly regarded social worker, educator, researcher, community activist and advocate for social change, Dr. Bernard will share stories from her life, reflect on past experiences and successes, and discuss how we can support and celebrate women on our campus and in the broader community. Questions from attendees and online are welcome.
A light reception will follow the event. All are welcome.
Dalhousie Student Union Building – Council Chambers (2nd floor); 12:00 - 1:00pm, with reception to follow

Dal After Dark Paint Nite
Dal After Dark is bringing in a professional art instructor to guide you through the experience of painting a picture; theme: Gender Equality. The event is free and all material is provided. Space is limited, email afterdark@dal.ca with the subject line “paint nite” (those with reservations need to show up by 5:45pm).
Campus Lounge, 4th floor, Student Union Building; 6:00 - 8:00pm