International Women’s Day is an annual worldwide celebration that honors women's achievements, marking March 8th as a time to uphold female success, face challenges head on, and focus greater attention on gender equality to mobilize all people to do their part.
Thousands of events are held across the world, with the hope of inspiring individuals to think globally, but act locally. During the week, there are a number of diverse campus and community activities where the University of Waterloo recognizes and celebrates the importance of this day.
Our campus had opportunities to lean in and get involved in activities like film screenings, interactive sports, and a feminist photo booth during the week of action put on by the Federation of Students service, The Women’s Centre.
In our community, leaders from the University joined in at local celebrations to show the University’s leadership and support. Key events included participation at the Zonta International Women’s Day dinner.
To top this celebratory week off, one of UW’s esteemed professors in computer science, Jo Atlee, will speak at the University of Waterloo’s International Women’s Day Dinner this Friday night, hosted by the Office of the President, Women’s Studies Department, University Relations, and the Federation of Student’s Women’s Centre.
As students, faculty, and staff, we all have a role to play to ensure that the future for women and girls is bright, equal, safe, and rewarding. This International Women’s Day, connect with fabulous females, help inspire change, and make progress happen. You can also join in the global conversation online with the internationally recognized hashtag: #MakeItHappen.