Inspiring Women Among Us returns for its third edition later this month with events around Prince George and Quesnel to celebrate the many outstanding contributions women make in our society and to discuss ways we can support our female friends, colleagues and family members.
The theme for this year’s event, which runs from Nov. 16-29, is Women, Work & Allies. The 41 events run the gamut from lectures and panel discussions, to films and music, to a cosplay bonspiel and an art workshop.
Among the highlights:
- Melanie Mark, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training will give a talk on how post-secondary institutions can be allies to people who are excluded from universities. This event will take place in the Canfor Winter Garden at 11 a.m. on Nov. 16.
- RCMP Deputy Commissioner and Commanding Officer of E Division Brenda Butterworth-Carr will give a talk at 1 p.m. on Nov. 18 about women and leadership in policing. This event will take place in the Weldwood Theatre at UNBC (room 7-238).
- The opening ceremonies for IWAU take place on Nov. 16 at 9:30 a.m., in the Canfor Winter Garden. There will be a Trans Day of Remembrance event at 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 20 in the Winter Garden. IWAU concludes with UNBC’s recognition of the Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women at 10 a.m. on Nov. 29, also in the Winter Garden.
A full schedule of events is available at: https://www.unbc.ca/inspiring-women
Inspiring Women Among Us is an annual event organized by UNBC faculty members, students and community members.
Among the academic guest speakers who will be giving talks this year are Dr. Jamie McEvoy from the Montana State University, Dr. Theresa Healy from UNBC, Dr. Maydianne Andrade from the University of Toronto and Andy McKinnon, a research ecologist with the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.
Films, plays and entertainment
The films being screened in Prince George are: Pink, a Bollywood film on sexual assault and sexual harassment, and No Men Beyond This Point, a Canadian comedy on gender relations. There will also be two readings of the playQueen, about female graduate students dealing with data gone wrong.
There will also be a coffee night, art cabaret, a podcast, a bonspiel where curlers are encouraged to dress up as women who inspire them, and a rock show (ticketed).
Panel topics include Indigenous Women, Indigenous Leaders, Leading the World, featuring the all-female chief and council from the Saik’uz Nation; Women in Health Care, Thriving; What is ‘Work’; Women Entrepreneurs and Small Business; and Women, Unions & Universities: Standing Up for Our Rights.
Workshops will touch on subjects as diverse as art, body image and entrepreneurship. Local artists Frances Gobbi and Twyla Exner, activist Shannon Williams, and Prince George Community Futures, will lead them.
Some of the inspiring women who work at Prince George’s City Hall will talk about their jobs at an Open Doors event at the Prince George Public Library’s Bob Harkins Branch (downtown).
Mayor Lyn Hall will welcome children to the council chambers at Prince George City Hall for the Ms. Mayor event. Next-generation leaders will be able to share what they would do if they were mayor and get a chance to sit in the Mayor’s chair.
The Northern Women’s Centre is holding an open house.
In addition to the events in Prince George, there will be a speaker series and craft fair in Quesnel on Nov. 25.