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International Women's Day Events

Lekwungen Territories :: Victoria
March 8th, 2018

International Women's Day Festival: Bread and Roses

Time: 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Place: Centennial Square, City Hall

Bring your art, dance, poetry and music in honour & celebration for International Women’s Day. Everyone is welcome! This event is trans women inclusive, and we want it to be a safe space for everyone to participate. We want to be inclusive to women of all backgrounds, and acknowledge that feminism needs to be intersectional. Get in touch if there's something you feel we could be doing better to make this event more inclusive and a safer space.

March 8th is International Women’s Day - a day to recognize women’s achievements and acknowledge the challenges they continue to face in the quest for gender equality. We will gather with music, dance, performance art, and poetry to honour the diversity of women and our collective strength.

The inspiration for International Women's Day dates back to 1909, when the United States celebrated the first National Women’s Day on Feb. 28. The Socialist Party of America declared the holiday, reportedly as a result of a 1908 garment workers' strike in which women protested against poor pay and working conditions.

We are looking for donations of bread and roses to hand out to the women. For more information about the event contact Barbara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 250-220-5355.

Organized by members of Council of Canadians--Victoria Chapter, Women's March Canada--Victoria Chapter, Raging Grannies and The Voice of Women--Victoria Chapter.


Violence Against the Land is Violence Against Women: Climate Justice

Webinar Recorded on March 1st, 2018 and is Available Now
No Consent Trudeau - No Man Camps on Stolen Native Land
Climate change has caused us to take a look at ourselves and reevaluate our relationship with each other, our communities and the land. Indigenous communities continue to be at the forefront of not just experiencing climate change but at the heart of the fight against the causes of climate change. 

Women are the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and Indigenous women are more likely to experience sexual and physical violence in their lifetime. This webinar explores how violence against the land through the extraction and exploitation of resources and fossil fuels perpetuates violence against women. Resources taken from our lands contaminates the environment and damages eco-systems all while increasing greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere which worsening climate change. However, these projects also come along with “Man Camps” (temporary labour force camps) that result in increased sex trafficking, drugs, crimes and ultimately violence against women.

In this webinar Kanahus Manuel, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, and Eriel Deranger will discuss how when we speak about climate justice, we must also address gender justice. We will not find solutions to climate change unless we can address the legacy of violence against Indigenous women and climate change together.

Webinar Recorded on March 1st, 2018 and is Available Now

For more information about the Speakers Visit the FB Event Page



Strong Women, Strong World:
An Exhibition Celebrating International Women’s Day

Opening: March 1st, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Show Runs: March 2nd  – March 11th 
Location: The Bay Centre, Lower Level

Thank you to those who submitted to Strong Women, Strong World an exhibition celebrating International Women’s Day! We received over 250 submissions for this exhibition and were impressed with the creativity and quality of all submissions.

Please join us for our exhibition opening reception on Thursday, March 1st from 6:30-8:30pm and our IWD Speaker’s Series on Sunday, March 4th from 2-4pm. More details to come soon!



Official Launch of the Anthology of Social Justice and Intersectional Feminisms

Panel on Feminism

March 8th at 7pm - 8:30pm
Greater Victoria Public Library Central Branch, 735 Broughton St.

Free, registration required:

A panel of academics, professionals, activists and members of the community will discuss current social issues from an intersectional feminist perspective, a perspective that recognizes there is no one-size-fits-all experience for women. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Kat Sark, a writer, scholar, activist and instructor at the University of Victoria. 

FILM: Girl Rising

March 8th at 6:30pm 9:30pm
Patagonia Victoria, 616 Yates St.

Come watch a screening of Girl Rising, a film that outlines the journey of 9 girls and their quest for education, at Patagonia on March 8th. The proceeds raised will be donated to help pay for the education of a girl from Uganda. The screening is by donation, use the link below to reserve your spot! There is an option to buy raffle tickets and win some amazing prizes at the event, and refreshments from Driftwood brewery will also be available.

Get your ticket here and leave a donation at the door:

Raffle tickets can be purchased here:

Pacific Opera Victoria hosts a special edition of Opera Motifs

March 8th, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Doors open at 5pm

The Baumann Centre for Pacific Opera Victoria
925 Balmoral Road

Rebecca Hass, Director of Communlity Engagement, joins Robert Holliston and Tatiana Vassilieva to showcase and celebrate women's contributions in the classical music field throughout history. Musical offerings, both live and through multi media, will highlight female composers, performers and more.
Join us in taking a moment on International Women's Day to admire amazing women in music at the Wingate Studio.

Complimentary light refreshments
Wine $5 (exact change required)

250-382-1641 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or reserve online: RSVP

8th International Women’s Day Luncheon Fundraiser

March 8th at 11:00am - 2:00pm
Union Club of BC, 805 Gordon St
Tickets start at $75

Keynote speakers include Tracy Porteous, Executive Director of Ending Violence BC, and JR LaRose, former BC Lion and Be More Than A Bystander promoter, to discuss toxic masculinity and ending violence against women.

Fundraising activities at the event directly sustain healing and supportive employment programs for women impacted by violence, abuse and trauma delivered by Bridges for Women Society.

FILM: Amplify HER

March 8th at 6:00pm - 10:00pm
777 Fort St.

$10 + Cash Bar and Snacks provided by Fishhook

Amplify HER explores these rising stars and more as they come-of-age amidst the emerging cultural renaissance of the feminine.

Ticket and Beverage Sales will be donated to the World Partnership Walk

The World Partnership Walk is a volunteer driven initiative of Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), an international development organization and registered charity. Working in Africa and Asia, AKFC tackles poverty on many fronts: improving access to quality education and health, increasing food security,creating economic opportunities for women and men, and building strong, resilient communities and local institutions. See how Apendiwe and the women in her community transformed their lives with support of AKFC and Canadians.

Mt. Washington Women's Week

Enjoy our Women’s Week Packages and special Aprés all week long. A "Women Only" program taught and designed especially for women. Women of similar abilities are grouped into small classes to meet new friends and re-visit old ones as you improve your skiing and riding technique. After a morning of fun on the slopes, our pros will escort you to a delicious meal from our food and beverage staff. Alpine Women's Week Escape Package includes an all-day lift ticket, a women's only lesson from 10am to noon, and a delicious lunch from our Food and Beverage Crew.

MARCH 5 - 9, 2018
Women's Week Speakers
Jessi Morris -Monday, March 5th, 2018, 4 pm-5 pm.
Streching for skiers and boarders with Jessi Morris

Tina Pringle
 -Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, 4 pm-5 pm.
Yoga Class with Tina Pringle

Deanna Papineau
 -Wednesday, March 7th, 2018, 4 pm-5 pm.
Deanna’s Aroma Reiki Healing

Meaghan Cursons
 -Thursday, March 8th, 2018, 4 pm-5 pm.
From Mountain Top to Ocean Shore - Thinking like a Watershed

Dr. Tracy Rodgers 
-Friday, March 9th, 2018, 4 pm-5 pm.
Dr. Tracy Rodgers is an obstetrician gynaecologist practicing in Comox. 

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