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March 5, 2013 / Man in the Mirror

Northern Life.ca: Women’s rights take the spotlight

Mar 01, 2013- 10:35 AM

By: Jenny Jelen – Sudbury Northern Life Staff

The community is coming together to present an united front in the fight for women’s equality, rights and their role in the prosperity of the community.

From March 2 to 8, a series of open events and activities are planned to engage Sudburians during International Women’s Day.

Around the world, Women’s Day celebrations have been happening since the early 1900s. At this time, women’s oppression and inequality was “a great concern,” according to a media release from the chair of the local Women’s Week co-ordinating committee.

“As a response, women began to take a stand and campaigned for change,” Stephanie Harris stated.

The theme for this year’s events taking place locally is Gaining Momentum In Our Community.

“By keeping it broad, the theme could easily be applied in your respective organization or group, like gaining momentum in HIV prevention, gaining momentum in women’s equality and gaining momentum in mental health.”

Events coming up include:

Women in the Arts, led by Noah’s Aboriginal Peoples’ Alliance of Northern Ontario, at the Grace Family Church, located at 468 Antwerp Ave. The event takes place at 7 p.m. March 2.

The Sudbury District Labour Council is hosting an International Women’s Day Event March 3 from 1-4 p.m. at the Howard Johnson.

A freeze mob is slated for noon on March 4 at the Rainbow Centre. Afterwards, the community can take part in the Post Card Project, helping send postcards to women in shelters around the world. Postcards can be filled out at the YWCA boardroom from 1-5 p.m.

Discussions about the women’s history and gender history is slated for 10 a.m. at Laurentian University’s classroom building room C-203 March 5. A self-care drop-in centre is also open at the Elizabeth Fry Society, 204 Elm St., from 10 a.m. to noon. Later, the NDP Sudbury Executive will be talking women in politics.

Positive Women: Exposing Injustice screening at Rainbow Cinemas March 6. The free film will screen in English at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and in French at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

A talk on women’s mental health is taking place March 7 at 2:30 p.m. in room C-207 at Laurentian University, followed by the gathering United for Equity at 9 p.m. at the LU pub.

The week wraps up with a breakfast celebration from 8-10 a.m. at the Days Inn, a luncheon at the Howard Johnson and a dinner at the Caruso Club.

For more information about Women’s Week events, contact the Réseau Access Network at 705-688-0500.

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