International Women’s Day And 1 Billion Rising Event Held.
Submitted. For a third year, local organizations from Abbotsford and Mission joined efforts to plan a day of both celebration and reflection. In the words of committee chairperson Deesh Sekhon, this was “…a day to celebrate the inspirational and brave work women around the world are doing to secure women’s and girl’s rights and create better and equitable societies.
It was also a day to reflect on the work that remains and remember the many women whose voices go unheard and who continue to be excluded from realizing their full potential.”
The committee showcased the film “Honor Diaries,” featuring nine women’s rights advocates (with connections to Muslim-majority societies) who are engaged in a dialogue about gender inequality.
The entire free event was open to the general public and began outdoors (11 a.m.) and moved inside (1:00 p.m.) at The Reach in Abbotsford on Sunday, March 8th. It was also =an exciting family day with dance, song, drumming, food, children’s crafts and much more.
The Reach Gallery Museum, GirlKIND Foundation, The Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies at UFV, International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy, Peardonville House, Abbotsford Community Services, Women’s Resource Society of the Fraser Valley, Faculty and Staff Association at UFV, Business and Professional Women (BPW) and Canadian Federation of University Women’s Club.
Pictured to the right and below are some photos of the event at The Reach.