Art by Neha Sekhon

Art by Neha Sekhon

Laurier Brantford embraces International Women’s Day with a week of events that bring attention to different matters related to gender equality. The events will take place between March 9 and 13.

International Women’s Day reflects on the past and present accomplishments of women from all countries and communities.

Dr. Rebecca Godderis, program coordinator, was able to talk about International Women’s Week and its relevance to Laurier Brantford. “The point of the day itself is to declare a day to continue to think about issues related to women, and women’s equality around the globe.” In addition, Godderis spoke about some of the reasons International Women’s Week will be celebrated at Laurier Brantford. “We want to celebrate the accomplishments that we’ve seen in women’s equality, and also recognize that there are a number of things that still need to be addressed,” continued Godderis.

Furthermore, Godderis touched on various subjects that deserve the attention of male and female students.

“One of the issues that folks may have heard in the news is sexual violence. In particular, sexual violence and sexual assault on university campuses. We don’t have proper policies in place for a lot of universities in Ontario. It really is an issue that affects a lot of young women, and their ability to fully participate at university,” said Godderis.

Although International Women’s Week is one that focuses on the importance of equality for women, Godderis encourages males to attend the events as well.

“It’s not meant to be just about women. It’s meant to have both women and men think about what kind of world they want to live in. Gender is about both men and women, and how they interact. We encourage males to come too,” said Godderis.

These are the dates and locations for all events. Remember, all are welcome (even community members)!

Monday – March 9

Community Forum on Gendered Violence on Campus (1 p.m. in OD107)

A number of panellists from the Laurier Brantford community will be speaking about gendered violence on campus and answering questions from the audience.

Tuesday – March 10

Information Fair in the RCW lobby (10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in RCW lobby)

A variety of tables, including community organizers (such as the Sexual Assault Centre of Brant) and students groups (like the Laurier International Students Association and F-Word) will be set up to provide information and activities.

Wednesday – March 11

Family Ties Tour (4:00 – 5:20p.m. in RCW203)

An arts-related event in which Toronto artists Casey Mecija and Vivek Shraya will share their short films and sing.

Thursday – March 12

Women’s Spaces: a workshop (3:00 – 5:00p.m. in CB100)

A hands-on opportunity for students, staff and faculty to work together with social justice organizer Julie Lalonde to learn about the possibilities for creating a women’s centre on the Laurier Brantford campus. All are welcome, but space is limited!

To RSVP, contact: rgodderis@wlu.ca

Friday – March 13

Talking to young people about sexting, technology and gendered violence (1 p.m. in Dal 007)

A public talk hosted by social justice advocate Julie Lalonde.

Students, staff, and faculty can contact Dr. Rebecca Godderis at rgodderis@wlu.ca

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