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International Women’s Day Events in Burlington and Hamilton


“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” – Gloria Steinem

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International Women’s Day events happening in Burlington and Hamilton:

March 7:

Rock Our Souls – International Women’s Day Celebration
When: Friday, March 7th from 6:30pm until 9:30pm
Where: Bridges Cafe at McMaster University, Hamilton
Presented by: United in Colour

Join us at Bridges Cafe at McMaster University for a night of artistic expression as we come together to celebrate the ways which women and trans women of colour resist violence in their communities. Tickets are pay what you can and can be purchased through Eventbrite. All proceeds will be donated to SACHA (Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton Area).

Empowerment of Women and Post-Conflict Resolution
Who: Senator, Lieutenant-General (retired) Roméo Dallaire, hosted by Zonta Club of Hamilton II
What: Dinner, speech and book-signing (Shake Hands with the Devil and They Fight Like Soldiers; They Die Like Children — The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers)
When: Friday, March 7; book signing 6:15 to 6:45 p.m., dinner and speech from 7 to 9:15 p.m.
Where: Carmen’s, 1520 Stone Church Rd. E., Hamilton
Tickets: $100, including wine at the table. Call the box office at 905-387-0007.

March 8:

International Women’s Day – Celebrating Women’s Achievements
When: Saturday, March 8th at 2pm
Where: Delta United Church – 47 Ottawa Street South, Hamilton
RSVP: Juanita Maldonado at 289-440-1623

A warm invitation is extended to all to attend a mid-afternoon event of art, discussion and music.

Special guests include:

María Eugenia Lemus Valenzuela
Feminist, teacher, mother, grandmother, and an activist in the women’s movement in Guatemala since 1980. Co-founder of the Tierra Viva Women’s Organization, she developed educational programs with Gua-temalan women of different ethnicities on Human Rights, in particular Sexual and Reproductive Rights.

Sandy Shaw
Author of the inaugural Women and Poverty report for Hamilton and developing a micro-lending program aimed at providing small entrepre-neur loans to local women. Sandy has served on many governance boards and was elected the first-ever female Board Chair for FirstOn-tario Credit Union. Sandy is presently the only female candidate for City Councillor in Ward 1. However, Sandy will tell you that her greatest ac-complishment is being a proud mom of two and grandmom to two young busy boys.

Roxane Tracey
This incredibly talented Toronto artist will return to Hamilton again with her display of wearable art. Roxane works locally and internationally to inspire youth to express their emotions and communicate their experiences in a creative manner.

A Night of Celebration and Inspiration – Illuminessence’s Awards Gala
When: Saturday, March 8th at 6pm
Where: Homewood Suites by Hilton – 40 Bay Street South, Hamilton
Tickets: $65 online or call 289-689-2358

Illuminessence e-magazine will be celebrating its 1st annual awards gala themed, “A Night of Celebration and Inspiration”, in recognition of International Women’s Day. The gala celebration will take place at the new Homewood Suites by Hilton and will be awe-inspiring, featuring dignitaries, celebrities and women of influence.