International Women's Day 2024

Inspire Inclusion in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough

We extend a warm invitation for you to join us for our annual International Women's Day celebrations in Nogojiwanong | Peterborough. This year's International Women's Day theme is Inspire Inclusion.  On Friday March 8th, we will be hosting two free, community events - a Rally and Hybrid Community Event.

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International Women's Day 2024 - Friday, March 8 - Rally & Event


The Rally

On Friday, March 8th (International Women's Day) we will be hosting a rally from noon-1pm starting downtown at Peterborough Square Courtyard and traveling North along the sidewalks of George Street to Confederation Park, across from City Hall. Bring your signs and posters and be ready to chant!

Once we reach City Hall,  the International Women's Day Declaration will be read.

Featuring: City Councilor Joy Lachica and Peterborough's Poet Laureate, Ziysah von Bieberstein
Registration is encouraged. Register here!

The Hybrid Community Evening Event

Later that day on Friday, March 8th we will be holding a hybrid community event from 5:00pm - 7:30pm at the Peterborough Public Library - Friends of the Library Community Room at 345 Aylmer St. N. Peterborough, ON K9H 3V7. Doors open at 4:30 pm.  

Join us in celebrating the significance of community and the power of shared narratives. Immerse yourself in inspiring stories and partake in a communal activity designed to forge connections and cultivate meaningful relationships. Your presence is not just an invitation; it's a commitment to celebrating the strength and resilience of women's and gender equality through the art of storytelling. 

Featuring: Raging Grannies, Janet McCue, Aanya Singh, Jaida Ponce, Kait Dueck & Sarah Lewis
Free to attend, light refreshments provided.

Registration is required for access to the livestream. Registration is encouraged for in person attendance.

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The Community

The Rally: The International Women's Day Declaration will be read with thoughts offered by Councillor Joy Lachica and a poem from Peterborough's current Poet Laureate, Ziysah von Bieberstein.

The Evening Event: Hosted by Simal Iftikhar, the beginning of the evening will feature the Raging Grannies, and an opening drumming from Janet McCue. Followed by the significance of community and the power of shared narratives with storytellers: Aanya Singh, Jaida Ponce, and Kait Dueck. To complete this celebration of Inspire Inclusion through storytelling, there will be a communal activity designed to forge connections and cultivate meaningful relationships. The evening will wrap up with a closing poem by Sarah Lewis.

The Artwork

“Stories from our Grandmothers"

by Star Daughter Woman, Nuin-Tara (ᓄᐃᓐᑕᕋ)

From the artist "The different hues of purple are used to show the colour of our spirit and to unite the piece as a whole. The two figure are kin, telling stories while braiding each others hair while also calling on the spirits with a smudge. The ancestors are always talking and sharing stories and that’s how connect us together throughout generations by retelling."

To learn more about Star Daughter Woman, please visit here.

IWD 2024 campaign theme: #Inspire Inclusion 

"For International Women's Day 2024 and beyond, let's Inspire Inclusion.

When we inspire others to understand and value women's inclusion, we forge a better world.

And when women themselves are inspired to be included, there's a sense of belonging, relevance and empowerment.

The aim of the IWD 2024 #InspireInclusion campaign is to collectively forge a more inclusive world for women."


Show the world your dedication to inclusion. Strike the IWD #InspireInclusion pose to show solidarity.

Share your #InspireInclusion image, video, resources, presentation, and articles across social media using #IWD2024 #InspireInclusion to encourage others to help forge an inclusive world.

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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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