International Women’s Day 2018: How will you #PressForProgress?

Today is International Women’s Day!

This global day is dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women; it also marks a call to action for gender parity.

As we celebrate the accomplishments of women and girls today, we must also recognize that we must engage women, men, girls, boys and all genders in the conversation of achieving gender equality.

Various events will be happening across Hamilton to celebrate this year’s International Women’s campaign, #PressForProgress. Click HERE to learn more about this campaign and pledge how you will #PressForProgress.


I challenge you to do something for the daily fight for gender equality. From donating menstrual products to local food banks and shelters to participating in the following events, there are many ways you can celebrate and show your support today regardless of gender!


Theatre and Multimedia Thesis: Because I am not a boy or girl

Various times March 8-9

Black Box Theatre, LR Wilson Building, McMaster University


An autobiographical scenic poem exploring the formation of identity – how black, queer, feminine, and spiritual identities can connect, clash and/or combine to create a single person’s identity. This performance piece combines installation art, poetry, movement, sound art and multimedia.


Building a Culture of Consent

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

McMaster University Student Centre, Room 318

WGEN presents a documentary screening of Hunting Ground and discussion in alliance with MSU SWHAT’s Campus and Community Safety Week.



Celebrate Women

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lincoln Alexander Centre


The IWD Committee 2018, coordinated by Sexual Assault Centre (SACHA) invites women to celebrate with a march and lunch.


Status Quo? Film Showing

2:00 p.m.

Grace Church Hall, Main St. W.

Watch a new National Film Board documentary about feminism in Canada with the Canadian Federation of University Women Hamilton.


YWCA Hamilton’s Women of Distinction Awards

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Outstanding women and organizations who are committed to the progression of women and the general community are being recognized with the YWCA Hamilton’s Women of Distinction Awards. Many staff, students and alumni will be recognized today at this event!


She in All Her Guises

5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Factory Media Centre, 228 James St. N.

You can also enjoy a screening of a documentary about feminism in Canada, Status Quo? at this event with the Factory Media Gallery Exhibition Series.


All Women Brewery Event

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Shawn & Ed Brewing Co., 65 Hatt St., Dundas

$15 Tickets

You can celebrate IWD at an all women identified brewery event with Ritual Island’s R & B Pilates, DJ Donna Lovejoy and authentic Syrian meals from Karam Kitchen.



Call for Donations

Mission Services Hamilton collecting donations of toiletries, menstrual products and other personal care items to give to women staying at their Violence Against Women (VAW) shelter, Inasmuch House. Drop-offs welcome at 196 Wentworth St N., Mon – Fri 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Periods Matter

Sign Plan International Canada’s Period’s Matter Pledge to end period shaming. Menstruation is a normal part of growing up, but for millions of girls in developing countries, it means being excluded from daily life, school and the opportunities they need to thrive. Show your solidarity and pledge HERE