Every year people around the world gather together on International Women’s Day to honour and celebrate the achievements of women and to move forward women and women’s rights to equality on the global agenda.

We at Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) continue to strengthen the collaborations in the community, bring awareness and organize others to join the efforts of ending violence against girls and women.

We invite you to join us for International Women’s Day celebration events to honour women!

West Coast LEAF’s Annual 26th Equality Breakfast

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Honour our collective achievements, inspire and be inspired, catch up with old friends and meet new ones, and raise money for West Coast LEAF’s upcoming projects in the areas of legal education, law reform, and litigation.

This year, West Coast LEAF will host author, actor, and activist Carmen Aguirre as our special guest. Aguirre’s first book, Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, won CBC’s 2012 Canada Reads award. Her extensive oeuvre includes 20 plays, many exploring her experience as an exile and activist. Through her work Aguirre has helped raise awareness in Canada and abroad about Pinochet’s violent regime, which extended from 1973 to 1990 and included the torture and internment of many Chilean citizens. Fierce, funny, and unforgettable, Aguirre continues to inspire and unite her audiences.

Check out the event poster here.

For more information about 2013 Equality Breakfast, please visit here.


Women’s Collective: Celebrating women in Politics and Activism

March 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th 2013

In honor of International Womens Day, Capilano University Women’s Collective will be hosting a panel of women involved in politics and/or activism to share their stories. We will join the discussion to celebrate gains and accomplishment of women through history and define the ways to ensure equality between women and men in the community.

Tuesday – March 5th – 11:30-1:00pm

(LB 195, CSU Lounge):

“Women in Politics and Activism Panel”

Join us as we Feature, Celebrate, and Learn from Women involved in politics and activism. Free Refreshments

  • Barinder Rasode, SURREY CITY COUNCIL
  • Anne Catherine Bajard, JUSTICE EDUCATION SOCIETY
  • Miriam Palacios, OXFAM CANADA

Wednesday – March 6th – 11:30-12:45pm

(LB 195, CSU Lounge)

“Open Women’s Collective Meeting”

All students are welcome to attend our bi-weekly meeting

Thursday – March 7th – 11:30-2:00pm

(Birch Building, Cafeteria):


Learn about Women and Gender Issues, Suffragettes, and Prominent Women around the world. Play Games, Win Cool Prizes.

Friday – March 8th – 11:30-2:30pm

(LB 195, CSU Library Lounge):

“IWD celebration & card making”

Meet other students as we celebrate IWD and make cards for the women in our lives


195 – 2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC

Free event, open to all students.


International Women’s Day Media Event

Friday March 8th, 2013

Central City Foundation (CCF) along with its partners, the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective (VWHC), BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre and Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) is hosting an event to celebrate acts of courage and determination of women who make extraordinary contributions to the community.

This is an event to mark International Women’s Day by celebrating the Women’s Health and Wellness Centre in the Downtown Eastside and the collaborative programs run out of it that illustrate the idea of neighbours helping neighbours.

Friday March 8, 2013

Time: 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Location: Women’s Health and Wellness Centre

29 West Hastings Street Vancouver


Powerful Voices: Women Rising Up

Friday March 8th, 2013

This year, Battered Women’s Support Services is collaborating with Amnesty International, BC Council for International Cooperation, and Oxfam Canada, not only to celebrate International Women’s Day, but to continue raising awareness about the important role that women play in the struggle for equality.

Inspired by the prominent role that women are taking on the Idle No More movement and the role that our sisters play at the global level, we are coming together at the event: Powerful Voices : Women Raising UP.

International Women’s Day Celebration

An evening of music, art and a panel discussion!

Moderator: Angela Marie MacDougall

Featuring panellists: Fatima Al-Samak, Elizabeth Johnson and Marlene George

Friday March 8, 2013

Reception: 6 pm Event 6:30 pm

Admission by donation

Vancouver Public Library- Main Branch

Alma Van Dusen Room

Space is limited, please RSVP on Eventbrite

Refreshment will be provided


On March 8th, events are held around the world to celebrate the advancements we have made, and raise awareness for what we still have yet to accomplish.

For the last two years, YWiB SFU has planned an extraordinary day by inviting our community to celebrate this special day. This year, My Sister’s Closet, a social enterprise of BWSS taking part in the conference to come together with young women and professionals to share their stories and be a part of this important event.

The conference featured key note speakers and panellists and an expo which showcased entrepreneurs, start-ups and local non-profits.

The conference will be held on Sunday, March 10th.

Location: SFU Woodwards

149 W Hastings St  Vancouver

You can purchase tickets here.