International Women's Day 2022

IWD 2022 poster with artwork by Mae Wholsima, KWIC and CFGP logos, the Gender Equality (SDG 5) Symbol, and community supporter's logos. Text reads: International Women's Day - Advancing Gender Equality in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough: Local and Global Perspectives for Leaving No One Behind, Tuesday March 8th 2022. Annual community event, virtual via Zoom, 6-8 PM EST, Zoom opens at 5:45 PM, Free inclusive, Registration Required, Donations are welcome. To register, follow the link or code.


Advancing Gender Equality in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough

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This year's International Women's Day theme is Advancing Gender Equality in Nogojiwanong/ Peterborough: Local and Global Perspectives for Leaving No One Behind. The event is completely virtual this year, held online via Zoom. The room will open at 5:45 PM for mingling. The event will begin at 6:00 until 8:00 PM EST.

This IWD event will feature an inspiring panel of speakers who advance gender equality in different ways and a wider community discussion!

The Theme:

Gender equality is a human right and is foundational for social justice. Gender roles and stereotypes affect everyone. Gender equality is when people of all genders are free from discrimination and prejudice, and have equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities. That's why this year's theme for International Women's Day is Advancing Gender Equality in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough!

Gender Equality is also Sustainable Development Goal 5. To advance this goal within our local context, we must include gender diversity and intersectionality in this work. The Kawartha World Issues Centre undertook a project to advance SDG 5 in our community. Learn about it here:

The Community:

This event is brought to you by the Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC) and the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre (KSAC), with community partners including, Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Service Circle, Community Race Relations Committee, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, Soroptimist Inernational Peterborough and the United Way. The event was also generously supported by the local Labour Council, the New Canadians Centre, OPIRG Peterboorugh, and the Trent University Faculty Association.


IWD 2022 campaign theme: #BreakTheBias

"Imagine a gender equal world.

A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Together we can forge women's equality.

Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias."

Strike the IWD 2022 pose and share your #BreakTheBias image, video, resources, presentation or articles on social media using #IWD2022 #BreakTheBias to encourage further people to commit to helping forge an inclusive world.

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United Nation's International Women's Day 2022

Theme: Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow

Advancing gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.

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History of International Women's Day

by Yolanda Ajak (KWIC blog post, 2012)

International women’s day was initially celebrated by and later adopted by the United Nations to be celebrated on March 8th during International Women’s Year in 1975. Shortly after, in 1977 the U.N General Assembly endorsed a declaration to implement a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace, to be recognized by nations in accordance with their national traditions. The aims and objectives in implementing this resolution were to increase awareness on the vital role of women in peace efforts and development, with aims to end discrimination and achieve women’s full and equal contribution to the world.

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