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International Women's Week

March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD)

IWD is a global day of recognition celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and raising awareness of the work left to be done. 

Each year, Human Rights Services, as part of the Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (OVPECI), collaborates with campus partners to organize a series of entertaining, informative and empowering events in celebration of women in power.

2021 theme

Building off the United Nations’ 2021 theme, external link, the planning committee has chosen this year’s theme to be “Women at the front and centre of the COVID-19 pandemic,” highlighting the incredible ways that women have been driving change over the last year while also facing disproportionate impacts.

Not Your Exotic: East and Southeast Asian women addressing gender-based violence

Join Olivia Chow, Masia One, Catherine Hernandez, Hijin Park and Kai Cheng Thom to explore East and Southeast Asian perspectives on addressing gender-based violence with host Kristyn Wong-Tam. Organized by Consent Comes First, the Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education, Faculty of Arts, Ryerson’s Advisory Committee to Combat Anti-Asian Racism, Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam.  

Date: Thursday, March 4
Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Open to: Ryerson students, faculty, staff and the general public

Women at the Front and Centre of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Facing disproportionate impacts and driving change

Join Ryerson community leaders for a dynamic discussion that will address the critical role that women have played in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Date: Monday, March 8
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Open to: Ryerson students, faculty and staff

Generous Futures: Women of colour challenging

Join the Alumni Relations team as they shine a spotlight on the experiences of women of colour in charitable giving. Tune in to hear our esteemed panelists draw on their perspectives to speak truth to power.

Date: Monday, March 8
Time: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. 
Location: Zoom
Open to: Ryerson students, faculty and staff and the general public

They Said This Would Be Fun: Black women in journalism #RyersonReads

Join moderator Nana aba Duncan for a discussion with Eternity Martis, Kathleen Newman-Bremang, Vicky Mochama and Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell about Black women in Journalism. Organized by Consent Comes First, the Library, School of Journalism, Media Girlfriends and YMCA Toronto.

Date: Wednesday, March 10
Time: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Open to: Ryerson students, faculty, staff and the general public

Feminine Rage: Anger is for everyone!

Join Human Rights Services for a workshop that will explore rage and anger in relation to empowerment for women and non-binary people.

Date: Wednesday, March 10
Time: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Open to: Ryerson students, faculty and staff who identify as women and/or gender non-binary

Community Listen: Burn It All Down, the feminist sports podcast

Join Ryerson Athletics and Recreation everyday through the week for a virtual lunch-hour community listen and discussion of a different daily episode from the Burn It All Down podcast.  

Date: Daily from Monday, March 8 to Friday, March 12
Time: 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Open to: Ryerson students, faculty and staff

Racialized Women in the Classroom: A conversation about graduate and undergraduate experiences

Join Student Life and Learning Support for a casual panel discussion between graduate and undergraduate students about the experiences of racialized women, trans and non-binary students within academic spaces.

Date: Thursday, March 11
Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Location: Zoom
Open to: Ryerson students

google formStudents at Ryerson: How the RSU's Equity Service Centre can support you, external link

Join the Ryerson Students' Union (RSU) for a panel discussion and Q&A that will inform students and the Ryerson community about the services and resources provided by Equity Service Centers.  

Date: Thursday, March 11
Time: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Open to: Ryerson students, faculty and staff

Excelling in Academia: The women of Ryerson Engineering

Join Ryerson Women in Engineering for a panel event that will highlight the journey of women in engineering in academia and explore current barriers. 

Date: Thursday, March 11
Time: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Open to: Ryerson students, faculty and staff

2021 International Women's Week Committee 

This year’s International Women's Week events were organized in collaboration with partners from across Ryerson, including:

Make a donation to the our community partners

In past years and in honour of International Women’s Day, Ryerson community members have contributed non-perishable food and gently used clothing to local organizations. In lieu of these in-person initiatives, we encourage you to send donations to Across Boundaries and Toronto Indigenous Harm Reduction.

Across Boundaries offers mental health and addiction support and services, external link through an anti-Black racism and anti-oppression lens. Send donations to Across Boundaries, external link.

Toronto Indigenous Harm Reduction provides traditional meals, clothing and logistical support for Indigenous folks who are houseless. Send donations to Toronto Indigenous Harm Reduction, external link. You can also send an eTransfer directly to torontoIndigenousHR@gmail.com.

Questions? 

If you have any questions about International Women’s Week events, please contact Mary Ola, Intake and Administrative Support, Human Rights Services, at mary.ola@ryerson.ca.