International Women's Week

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 – Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow


This International Women’s Day, we invite you to take a pledge to advance gender equality and support an inclusive and sustainable environment "recognizing the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all."


International Women’s Week | Feminist Connections



March 8th, 2022 to March 13th, 2022


This year, Human Rights & Equity Services is hosting a full week of programming to engage with the community on the theme of feminists connections. 


All the events are free and open to all. Most of the programming will be happening virtually and can be dropped in on. Two of our events, the Virtual Paint Night and the Boardgame Night require pre-registration. To reserve a spot, please register via Eventbrite (details below).  


March 8, 2022

Municipality's International Women's Day Launch

Featuring keynote speaker Natteal Battiste

We welcome you to join us for the municipality's International Women's Day celebration on Tuesday, March 8, 2022. This event is presented in partnership between Halifax Regional Municipality's Office of Diversity & Inclusion/ANSAIO and The Halifax Central Library.

All are welcome to this free virtual event. 

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2022, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Zoom. Please register for the virtual event

March 9, 2022

Spoken Word Workshop with Guyleigh

Join Guyleigh Johnson, a spoken word artist and author, for a vortual spoken word workshop. 

Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Location: Online – Zoom


Contact Information

Education Advisor, Amina Abawajy  

March 10, 2022

Feminists in Leadership Panel

Join us for an engaging panel with El Jones, Cathy Martin, Madeleine Stinson, and Susan Leblanc on feminist leadership.  

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: Online – Zoom 


Contact Information

Education Advisor, Amina Abawajy  

March 11, 2022

Self-care Workshop with Fantanesh

Join Fantanesh Attomsa, owner of BlueNile Massage Therapy as we explore self-care and setting energetic boundaries.


Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Online – Zoom


Contact Information

Education Advisor, Amina Abawajy


Virtual Paint Night

Join the HRES Peer Educator Team for a virtual paint night. This event requires pre-registration as supplies will be provided. Please register below if interested! 

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: Online – Zoom
To register:


Contact Information

Education Advisor, Amina Abawajy

March 12, 2022

Boardgame Night at Boardroom Cafe

Join the HRES Peer Educator Team for an evening of boardgames at the Boardroom Cafe. Entry is $5 +hst. 


Time: 7 PM 

Location: The Boardroom Cafe
Register at:

Contact Information

Education Advisor, Amina Abawajy  

March 13, 2022

Yoga with Nikki

Join Nikki to close off international women's week with some intentional movement. This workshop is open to all skill levels.

Time: 11 AM - 12 PM 

Location: Virtual - Zoom

Contact Information

Education Advisor, Amina Abawajy