Celebrating International Women's Day at Ryerson
March 8, 2016 marks International Women's Day. Celebrated annually, the day is a call to recognize the achievements of women all over the world who have made significant strides towards gender equality. It's also a reminder to pause and acknowledge the work that still needs to be done. The UN theme of this year's campaign is Gender Equality by 2030 and Canada's theme is Women's Empowerment Leads to Equality.
As a university, Ryerson is in a unique position to take action to advance gender equality. In January, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion submitted insights and recommendations on closing the gender wage gap to the Government of Ontario's Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee.
Our submission outlined how barriers and biases based on gender, but also on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, family status, religion, class and other characteristics, continue to prevent gender equality. The gender wage gap cannot be eliminated without addressing the systemic inequalities that impact our complex identities.
The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is committed to continuing the work to make our campus fully equitable and inclusive. We encourage you to check out the events listed below and consider how you can help to achieve gender equality.
International Women's Day events
March 7 | 5 - 8 p.m.
Hosted by: Black History Awareness Committee
March 8 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Hosted by: The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; The Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education; and Centre for Women and Trans People, Ryerson Students' Union
March 8 | 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Hosted by: DMZ and TechGirls Canada
3K Run/Walk fundraiser for Interval House
March 16 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Hosted by: Ryerson Women in Leadership