How universities are celebrating International Women's Day 2019 across the province

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How universities are celebrating International Women's Day 2019 across the province

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day 2019 on March 8, Ontario’s universities are proud to host numerous events, discussions, activities and workshops to promote the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Across the province, universities are partnering with students, alumni, industry and communities to help advance women’s equality and accelerate gender parity.

Below is a list of International Women’s Day initiatives on university campuses.


On March 8, from 11:00am – 1:30pm, Algoma University is partnering with the Algoma Council on Domestic Violence and United Way of Sault Ste. Marie to host an event celebrating women and girls. There will be lunch, door prizes, a photo booth and guest speakers. Information can be found here:


On March 8, from 10:00am – 12:30pm, the university is hosting a panel discussion that includes university researchers, government and industry professionals who will discuss the increasing role of women in the field of sustainability. More information about the event:


From 8:30am – 10:00am on March 5, begin your day with a spark of inspiration. Four graduate-level women researchers from the Faculty of Engineering and Design will take an inside look at tech advances that are taking shape at the university, while celebrating some trailblazing women researchers. Learn more about the event or register here:


On March 8, the Research Facility for Women’s Health and Wellbeing is holding the third annual one-day interdisciplinary conference to showcase innovative research related to women and girls. Learn more about the event or register here:


Ingenuity, Lakehead’s business accelerator, is hosting an International Women’s Day Entrepreneurship Panel in celebration of business startups that are led by women. More information about the event:


She&Her’s International Women’s Day Celebration is a chance to showcase the women changing the dialogue. Join She&Her for an evening of thought-provoking, inspiring and empowering conversation with a few of Sudbury’s leading females, including Tammy Gaber, Associate Professor, School of Architecture at Laurentian University. More information about the event:


The university is hosting an inspirational talk from Country Manager of Pinterest Canada, Erin Olfson, with remarks from McMaster’s AVP, Chief Human Resources Officer Wanda McKenna and AVP, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Arig al Shaibah. Learn more about the event or register here:


Nipissing is hosting a series of events from March 4-8 that focus on prevent sexual violence and creating safe and inclusive spaces on and off campus. You can view the entire list of events here:


On March 8 from 1-3pm the Health and Wellness Centre and Safety and Security Services is hosting a workshop by White Ribbon, an organization dedicated to the prevention of gender-based violence. Learn more about the event or register here:


On March 7 from 8:00am – 11:45am, The President’s Equity Taskforce at UOIT is inviting students to attend a breakfast event entitled Better the Balance, Better the World: Bridging the Gender Gap in STEM Fields. Learn more:


Join the Centre of Entrepreneurship and Engineering Design (CEED) on March 8 for a panel of women entrepreneurs and founders from different industries. The panel will discuss the achievements and struggles of women founders and women leaders in different industries. Learn more:


The Queen’s Women’s Network is hosting a workshop on March 8 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm that focuses on career building skills, resources and training opportunities at Queen’s, as well as tips for promoting an inclusive workplace. Learn more about the event or register here:


Ryerson is hosting a number of events on a variety of topics, from sports to comedy to activism. Learn more:


The university is hosting a number of events celebrating historical feminist movements, leadership, women entrepreneurs and showcasing diversity and strength of women’s stories and art. Learn more about the events here:


Kawartha World Issues Centre and Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre are holding an annual community gathering in Peterborough on the theme #pressforprogress. Guest speakers include Alexandra Arraiz Matute, a Trent professor in the fields of Sociocultural Theories of Human Development, Indigenous, Environmental and Sustainability Education, and Aboriginal Studies. Learn more:


The University of Waterloo is hosting a dinner on March 8. Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor, will give welcome remarks, followed by a distinguished guest speaker and special video greeting from Donna Strickland, recent winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics. More information about the event:


On March 8 from 6:30pm – 10:00 pm, the Faculty of Engineering is hosting a movie night. This is a social event for students and alumni complete with snacks, a keynote speaker and the award-winning movie Hidden Figures. Information about the event can be found here:


On March 8, The International Women’s Forum and Laurier present the second International Women’s Day Luncheon: What is STEAM? You may be familiar with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). The addition of the ‘A’ in STEM is for arts, highlighting the growing importance of traditional arts skills in these fields. This year the panel discussion centres on women in STEAM and their successes and challenges. More information can be found here:


The university is hosting a number of events on campus leading up March 8. Events include a movie day, activities, panel discussions and workshops. A full list of events can be found here:


The University will present a film screening of Martha of the North followed by a Q and A with the film’s subject, Martha Flaherty.

The event takes place on March 8 in 519 Kaneff Tower and is hosted by York’s Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion (REI) in partnership with the Indigenous Teaching & Learning Fund. More information:


RMC is recognizing the importance of having visible female leadership working in the field of Canadian National Defence. The event creates an opportunity for N/OCdts to meet strong women with valuable career experience. Learn more about the event or register here:

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