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Photo from the 2016 Femmy Awards (Facebook).

The Future is Feminist: celebrating International Women’s Day in Ottawa

By Sarah Baker on March 4, 2017

Every year on March 8 volunteers from local, national, and international organizations such as the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Canadian Federation of University Women, and the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women come together to put on the “biggest event in Ottawa-Gatineau” to celebrate women and recognize their work.

This year’s International Women’s Day theme: The Future is Feminist. What to expect? In their words: “The annual Femmy Awards ceremony honouring local feminist change-makers, an activist fair, powerful arts performances, great food and drink, and a dance party!”

The 2017 Femmy Awards ceremony is set to go down on Wednesday March 8 at Library and Archives Canada (395 Wellington Street) starting at 6pm. Got kids? No problem – free daycare’s provided! On a budget? It’s free to attend. And in response to the final question burning in everyone’s mind: yes, there will be snacks, and yes, according to the website, they will be free.

This is the largest International Women’s Day event in the city and you don’t want to miss it. But whether you do or don’t, consider making a conscious effort this month (and always) to celebrate and support women with your choices: buy from women, hire women, pick movies that pass the Bechdel test, tune in to local lady musicians, read women authors, and volunteer at or donate to women-supporting organizations around town (check here or here, for starters).

You could also check out the important work of past Femmy Award recipients like policy expert Kate MacInturff, and be present at other feminist events this spring.

The weekend before IWD,  Beyond Borders: A Night of Feminist Resistance takes place at 5pm on Saturday March 4 at Jack Purcell Community and on March 30, Media Action is hosting another edition of the Ask Women Anything series, this time with award-winning Cree writer and professor Tracey Lindberg at Bar Robo in Centretown.

The future is feminist, and March will be marvellous.


Look to Facebook for details about the Femmy Awards in Ottawa on International Women’s Day, March 8. For more information, visit www.iwdottawa.wordpress.com.