"Over time and distance, the equal rights of women have progressed. We celebrate the achievements of women while remaining vigilant and tenacious for further sustainable change. There is global momentum for championing women's equality." - InternationalWomensDay.com
International Women’s Day has been celebrated all over the world since the early 1900′s. The original focus was the movement towards equality and universal suffrage. It has since grown to become a day of celebration and recognition of women’s achievements in both developing and developed countries alike. 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. Last year, events took place in over 100 countries. For more information on IWD, please check out the official website.
Every year, YWiB SFU hosts a one-day conference, offering a space for women of all faculties, industries and backgrounds to come together and discuss issues and achievements of women in Vancouver and around the world. Last year, we were proud to welcome over 150 delegates, 8 speakers, and 10 expo presenters to our signature event. This year, we are planning to top that.
The YWiB SFU executive team and the IWD 2013 organizing committee our proud to announce that this year's International Women's Day conference will be taking place on Sunday, March 10 at SFU Woodwards. We already have several exciting speaker, entertainer, and exhibtors confirmed, and we look forward to sharing them with you via this blog! Similar to last year, the conference will include key note speakers, a panel session, and an expo, exhibiting local non-profits and organizations dedicated to advancing the rights of women. However, building on the success of last year's event, there will be some exciting new changes and developments that we will share with you in the coming weeks.
Early bird tickets will be available to YWiB SFU members beginning Sunday, February 10. Tickets will go on sale to the general public, including SFU and other university students, beginning Sunday, February 17. Stay tuned for some exciting announcements, including some crazy contests and on campus activities leading up to International Women's Day!