• International Women's Day 2019 - Events in Vancouver

Free Events to Celebrate International Women’s Day in Vancouver

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Since the early 1900s, International Women's Day (IWD) has been a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world.

Here at the YWCA, we celebrate women’s successes and advocate for gender equality every day, but what we love the most about IWD is that it triggers reflection on the challenges women continue to face in our society and inspires us to take action to overcome the barriers that still remain.

Here’s a list of free events to help you celebrate International Women’s Day in Vancouver.

1. Women in STEM: Past, Present and Future

What: A panel discussion hosted by Microsoft in partnership with Women in Tech World, ASTTBC and SCWIST.
When: Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 8:30am to 11:00am
Where: Microsoft Store, Metropolis at Metrotown

2. Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF)

What: The 14th annual VIWFF celebrates the best of cinema created by women.
When: March 5 to March 10, 2019 - Free screening and discussions on March 8.
Where: Vancity Theatre

3. Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: A Panel Event in Celebration of International Women's Day

What: A panel discussion about women in entrepreneurship hosted by SFU Beedie School of Business.
When: Friday, March 8, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: SFU Segal Graduate School of Business

4. Diverse Perspectives on the #MeToo Movement: Where Do We Go From Here?

What: This panel hosted by UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs will delve into perspectives on the #MeToo movement, examining its ramifications from different cultural and disciplinary lenses and considering what it means for the future.
When: Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: UBC Simon K. Y. Lee Global Lounge

5. Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equal Opportunity: Barriers and Drivers

What: As part of the mobilization for Women Deliver 2019 Conference, SFU presents a panel-based discussion on women’s economic empowerment. Women from various sectors will join the panel to share their personal and professional experiences.
When: Friday, March 8, 2019 - 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Where: Simon Fraser University - Surrey Campus

6. International Women's Day with Winona LaDuke

What: Keynote speaker Winona LaDuke and local women activists will discuss topics such as violence against women, poverty, the environment and the exploitation of migrant workers. Hosted by Vancouver Rape Relief & Women's Shelter.
When: Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 4:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre

7. How to Be Your Best Health Advocate: Breast, Heart & Gynaecologic Screening

What: Hosted by Women's Health Research Institute, this event will bring together five experts in women’s health to share tips on how to advocate for your own health.
When: Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: Italian Cultural Centre


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