International Women’s Day is almost here, Lions! This yearly celebration serves to recognize women’s rights and the movement towards gender equality, while highlighting womens’ worldwide contributions to society. Today’s #YUBlog post offers a brief overview of International Women’s Day events, on- and off-campus, and the many York U resources offered to help you join the discussion!
What is International Women’s Day?
Celebrated on March 8 every year, International Women’s Day honours women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements around the world, while opening a discussion about women’s rights. This year’s International Women’s Day theme is about striving towards a more gender-balanced world. The #BalanceforBetter campaign is intended to start a conversation about equal gender representation in the workplace.
York U & Related International Women’s Day Events
Though this event isn’t happening until May, it’s not one to miss! York U will host the Women & Girls Leadership and Sport Conference 2019 in the New Student Centre on May 3 and 4, 2019, featuring these well-known keynote speakers: Kallie Humphries (back-to-back Olympic gold medallist), Kristine Drakich (named Ontario University Coach-of-the Year 11 times for volleyball) and Sandra Levy (Olympic and Pan Am Games athlete)!
If you want to celebrate downtown, International Women’s Day Toronto is hosting the International Women’s Day March Toronto on March 9! Not able to make it? You can find several International Women’s Day events on EventBrite throughout the month of March!
Resources at York U
While International Women’s Day only occurs once a year, the discussion of these topics continues all year long. York U offers many opportunities to engage in women’s studies, including the Gender & Women’s Studies certificate and a variety of courses:
- AP/GWST 1501 Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies
- AP/GWST 2511 Sex, Gender and Popular Culture
- AP/GWST 3510 Women and Work: Production and Reproduction
- AP/GWST 3890 Gender, Religion and Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspective
- AP/GWST 4503 Politics of the Canadian Women’s Movement
- AP/EN 4515 Early Modern Women Writers
Looking for more ways to get involved? Check out one of the clubs below!
York University also offers many research and support services on campus, including:
- Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion
- Centre for Feminist Research at York University
- The Centre for Sexual Violence, Response, Support & Education
Success Tip: Read our #YUBlog post, “Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion Resources at York U” for more information about their resources, funding opportunities, training and events!
We at the #YUBlog hope that this brief introduction to International Women’s Day provides opportunities for you to learn more about this yearly event and the many resources York U offers to continue the discussion. Happy International Women’s Day, Lions!
How will you celebrate International Women’s Day? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us at @YorkUStudents.