Celebrating International Women's Week, March 6-14
A variety of local events have been planned to commemorate International Women’s Week, March 6 – 14. Organized by the Kingston International Women’s Week Community Coalition (IWWCC), which includes representatives from a number of Queen’s University student groups, the events celebrate women’s artistic, economic, innovative, political and social contributions to the community.
Activities kick off on Saturday, March 6 with a fair at Memorial Hall at City Hall from 11 am to 4 pm. The fair will feature live music and performances and there will be displays from participating groups, children’s activities, and crafts and food for sale. There will also be performances by Girlz Like That, Calamity Janes, Dance Pulse, The Raging Grannies, Gillian Shields, Caledonias, and Shout Sister!, as well as a 100 Years of Herstories photographic display and the Picture An End To Violence digital exhibition.
“We hope the fair will allow the community to learn about all of the amazing opportunities there will be during International Women’s Week to rejoice in the achievements of women. We also hope it will allow women, children, and men in our community to connect with one another on issues that affect women,” says Annie Chau, an IWWCC coordinator and community educator at Sexual Assault Centre Kingston.
The theme for this year’s Women’s Week celebration—We Don’t Stop—recognizes the positive changes that have been made by women in our past, but also illustrates the struggles that exist in achieving gender equality today.
The Kingston International Women’s Week Community Coalition includes Kingston Interval House, Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, Immigrant Services Kingston & Area, HIV/AIDS Regional Services, Garrison Kingston, Kingston & District Labour Council, and representatives from Queen’s University student groups – Women in Science and Engineering, Queen’s Women’s Centre, the Society of Graduate and Professional Students, and Education on Gender Issues.
Other Women’s Week highlights include:
Picture An End To Violence photography exhibit
Monday, March 8, from 7 to 9 pm at The Artel (205 Sydenham Street)
She Speaks Spoken Word Showcase and Open Mic
Tuesday, March 9, 7:30 pm at the Common Ground Coffee House in the Queen’s Centre
Headlining performers include Molle Dorst, Faith InWords, and Statia Wallace. They will be reading poetry and performing on acoustic guitar. The public is invited to listen to the performers or participate in the performances themselves. Everyone – women, men, on campus, and off campus – is welcome to attend and/or perform with a pro-woman message.
We Can Testify
Thursday, March 11, 6:00 pm at Immigrant Services Kingston & Area (400 Elliot Street)
A discussion on the experiences of racialized and immigrant women in Canada, with Annie Kashamura Zawadi, Director of Arising Women Place in Toronto and author of I Can Testify; Dr. Magda Lewis, Queen’s Faculty of Education professor; and Gislaine Geurkink, Social Justice & Action Committee member of the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH).
For a full listing of International Women’s Week events in Kingston, visit www.wedontstopkingston.com.