International Women’s Day events

Mayor Gregor Robertson and the Women’s Advisory Committee are pleased to invite you to attend a celebration of the 100th International Women’s Day:  Women in the Lead: Getting More Women Elected.  Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue Third Floor, Council Chamber.  Councillor Ellen Woodsworth to moderate a discussion with panelists: Ann Edwards, Darlene Marzari, Chris Morrissey, Christina Panis, Bonnie Klein, Cathy Huth, Christine Ackerman, Tanya Shum, Leah Bae and Gurkamal Kaur Brown. RSVP:

International Women’s Day is commemorated annually on March 8 by the United Nations. It is a day observed around the world, when all people come together to recognize and
celebrate the achievements of women’s long struggle for equality, justice, peace and development. 2011 is the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:  City of Vancouver 2011 International Women’s Day:  The Women’s Advisory Committee:; The Origins of International Women’s Day:

REED (Resist Exploitation, Embrace Dignity) and  EVE (Formerly Exploited Voices now Educating) present Prostitution and Women’s Equality- Imagining More for Women. 
The sexual exploitation of girls and women in the commercial sex trade is a human rights crisis and a direct hindrance to women’s equality.  Some argue that prostitution is a harmless commercial transaction between consenting adults.  We refute this.  Prostitution is violence against women. It is driven by the male demand for sexual access to the bodies of women and children and must be treated as a form of gendered and often racialized violence. Prostitution cannot be made safe through decriminalization and regulation. Join us as we host Gunilla Ekberg, Swedish-Canadian lawyer and expert on the international human rights of women and girls, presenting on the Nordic Model of law and policy- an alternative to complete decriminalization that enshrines the dignity of women and addresses the male demand for paid sex.  We will also be hosting guest panellists from our community.
March 10: Vancouver Downtown Library’s Alice Mackay Room, 7-9pm
Gunilla Ekberg – International Women’s Human Rights Consultant; Aboriginal Women’s Action Network (AWAN); Trisha Baptie – Formerly Exploited Voices now Educating (EVE).  Presented in Collaboration with Aboriginal Women’s Action Network (AWAN), Women’s Faith Groups, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, University Women’s Club, Emancipation Now and Vancouver Council of Women.  For more information contact Michelle Miller @ 604.725.3838 or Trisha Baptie @ 604.518.4798