Montrealers are marking International Women’s Day (IWD) in different ways. Here’s a list of some IWD events and activities happening on March 8th and beyond. If you know of an event that’s not mentioned here, please let me know and I’ll add it to the list.
Many of the events I’ve listed here are perhaps more familiar to the English community. There are many more events listed on Quebec’s Conseil du statut de la femme website.
International Women’s Day March
A tradition in Montreal for 15 years and held in solidarity with marches happening across the world, the theme of this year’s march, organized by Women of Diverse Origins, is “Women fighting for a better world.” People are invited to march for justice, peace, equality, status, prosperity and dignity for all.
When: March 8, 2016, 6 p.m.
Where: Cabot Square (the park located across from the Cineplex Forum on Ste. Catherine St. W. & Atwater), Atwater metro
Cost: Free. Everyone welcome. Childcare is available.
Info (in French) available here
Montreal’s tech community marks IWD
Montreal NewTech International Women’s Day Edition
You need tickets for this. While early bird tickets are sold out, you can still buy tickets for $12 (plus fees) online or take your chances and pay $20 (plus fees), at the door, though tickets are limited. On the agenda: five startup demos and talks. It’s a great way to showcase women from this city’s startup community and for folks looking to take their “startup to the next level,” meet potential co-founders, mix and mingle with programmers, mobile and web entrepreneurs, tech professionals, engineers, journalists and investors. What I don’t get is why this event and others are planned at exactly the same time as the women’s day march, but anyway…
When: March 8, 2016, 6-9 p.m. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Presentations happen from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. followed by a chance to network.
Where: Shopify Montréal, 490 De la Gauchetière W.
Cost: $12, plus $1.32 fee per ticket purchased online; $20, plus $1.80 fee at the door
You can buy tickets here
Women Techmakers powered by GDG Montreal Android International Women’s Day Global Event Series “Our Time To Lead”
Google created Women Techmakers, a program to celebrate International Women’s Day and to highlight the talent of women in technology. More than 200 events are happening in 52 countries and Laurence de Villers and Annie Caron worked with GDG Montreal Android to organize the first edition of this all-day event in Montreal.
The event gives people a chance to learn from women entrepreneurs and leaders in Montreal’s tech community and honour women working in technology.
Attendees receive access to all talks and codelabs (bring a laptop) and a Women Techmakers 2016 – Montreal official t-shirt (at this point size is not guaranteed), bag and lanyard. Tickets also include a lunch box and coffee and snacks during breaks, a glass of wine and two bites at Happy Hour after the event and coat check.
When: Saturday March 12, 2016, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: École de technologie supérieure, 1100 Notre Dame W.
Cost: $50 general admission; $35 for students
Everyone welcome but you must be 18+ to attend
Tickets may be purchased here
In Montreal and beyond
YWCA Montreal’s “inspiring” book list
To celebrate International Women’s Day, YWCA Montreal’s youth team compiled Ten Books about Women Role Models to Inspire Young Minds, a list of illustrated books about women role models aimed at boys and girls ages three to 16. According to the YWCA’s press release, recommended books on the list highlight women such as Marie Curie, who won the Nobel prize in 1903 and 1911, Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan woman who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, Elinor Smith, who became a pilot at age 16 and Elizabeth Blackwell, a U.K. woman who, in 1849 became the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States (she was also the first woman on the UK Medical Registrar). Other books on the list focus on the lives of exceptional women such as Jane Goodall, Frida Kahlo, Malala Yousafzai, Anne Frank and Ella Fitzgerald.
IWD Youth Zone Poetry slam at Montreal’s downtown YMCA
Organized by members of Strong Girls, Strong World, guests include Sue Montgomery, a journalist and co-creator of the hashtag #BeenRapedNeverReported; interdisciplinary Aboriginal artist Émilie Monnet; and Tanya St-Jean, who co-founded Je Suis Indestructible.
People are invited to “read an inspiring passage, poem or song or to cheer on our performers.”
When: March 8, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Downtown YMCA’s Youth Zone, 1440 Stanley St., Peel metro
Info: available here.
Pampering, discounts & networking opportunities
Vert Essentiel, an environmental boutique in Vaudreuil-Dorion, is celebrating International Women’s Day by encouraging women to come by the store to relax and pamper themselves.
A team from ReflexOasis is offering a chance to learn about reflexology during a brief, free session and for $10 (you need to register) professional makeup artist Émilie will do your makeup and offer tips. The $10 fee can be applied to a makeup purchase.
As well, Smith Farms co-founder Julia Sinclair-Smith will be on hand to demonstrate her line of moisturizing products.
All day long the boutique is also holding a draw for a chance to win a Druide beauty basket.
When: March 8, 2016, 11 a.m to 5 p.m. (ReflexOasis); 12-5 p.m. (professional makeup)
Where: Vert Essentiel, 1001 Émile Bouchard, Suite 106. Tel: 450.732.1827
On March 8 Bureau en gros stores (Staples elsewhere in Canada) are celebrating International Women’s Day with in-store refreshments and local networking opportunities for entrepreneurs and 10 percent off in-store purchases.