This year Canada's theme for International Women's day is Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence Against Women. So if you and your crew are thinking about what to do for International Women’s Day in Montreal, you might be interested in checking out some of the following events. The list is by no means exhaustive so if you know of or would like to highlight additional events, please do so by commenting!
Les Femmes Se Levent Contre la Violence des Oppresseurs! /Women Rise Up Against Violence!
What: Demonstration/Solidarity Celebration
When: Friday, March 8th, 2013 - starting at 6pm
Where: Place Émilie Gamelin (métro Berri UQAM)
To draw attention to the on-going plague of violence against women and its related aspects, as well as to celebrate the courage and tenacity of women who stand up to confront and challenge it in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and around the world, the 8th March Committee of Women of Diverse Origins will be organizing a demonstration and invites all women, women-identified, and allies – Friday 8th March 2013 6pm – starting from Place Émilie Gamelin (métro Berri UQAM) To be followed by a solidarity celebration at Comité Social Centre-Sud, 1710 Beaudry (Beaudry Metro).
La Courtepointe Appliquée / Applied Quilting by La Fabrique Éthique de Montréal
When: Friday, March 8, 2013 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm
Where: Le Milieu, 1251 rue Robin
Reservation required: email@example.com
"For International Women's Day, we honor the textile traditions of generations who preceded us. During the workshop, we will use quilting techniques to make a patch and learn how to sew it on a garment! Bring clothes that you want to modify or use the clothes reserved by Le Milieu for you! All tools and materials are provided." (From Radical Montreal)
STATUS QUO? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada
When: Friday, March 9, 2013 at 7pm
Where: Room H-110, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisonneuve W
Cost: Suggested donation $2-10
*Montreal premiere with director Karen Cho & special guests in attendance*
Synopsis: "Feminism has shaped the society we live in. But just how far has it brought us, and how relevant is it today? Status Quo? asks these questions and uncovers provocative - at times shocking - answers about the evolution of women's equality in Canada. Interweaving a wealth of dynamic archival material with startling contemporary stories, the film situates the vibrant Canadian women's movement in its history-making context. In 1967 the landmark Toyal Commission on the Status of Women made recommendations to address the inequalities faced by women. Now, Status Quo? zeroes in on key concerns such as violence against women, access to abortion, and universal childcare, asking how much progress we have truly made on these issues. Status Quo? is crucial viewing for every Canadian, especially those unfamiliar with the vital achievements of the feminist movement." (From Facebook Event)
EDGY 2013: 20TH ANNIVERSARY ART/ SPORTS/GENDER
Undisciplined. Unapologetic. 20 years of feminist arts practices.
What: Festival, Workshops, Artist talks, Performances
When: March 2nd to 10th, 2013
Where: Varies depending on event (check programming for more details)
Cost: Varies depending on event (check programming for more details)
Edgy Women 2013, a festival featuring a plethora of neophyte and experienced artists in a diverse program of cutting edge work which is both experimental and entertaining. Through its performance series, artist talks, and professional workshops, Edgy Women creates a forum for cultural exchange through a thematic context, providing an opportunity for audiences to experience content-driven artwork by women.