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UNBC’s Inspiring Women Among Us 2019 series focuses on Masculinities, making space and moving forward

UNBC Associate Geography Professor Dr. Zoë Meletis
UNBC Associate Geography Professor Dr. Zoë Meletis

Masculinities, making space and moving forward is the theme of the Inspiring Women Among Us (IWAU) 2019 Series organized by Dr. Annie Booth, Dr. Zoë Meletis, and Susie Wilson of the University of Northern British Columbia, along with other dedicated organizers and volunteers.

It’s an opportunity for IWAU, UNBC, and community partners to begin thinking about masculinity, gender identities, gender relations, and power sharing.

The fifth annual week-long series of events and activities that celebrate the achievements of inspiring women from near and far, as well as acknowledge persistent barriers and challenges that girls and women face in trying to succeed and build careers, kicks off Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m. at the Canfor Winter Garden. There is also a pre-event on Nov. 12.

Masculinities, Making Space and Moving Forward is a timely theme, say organizers Drs. Zoe Meletis (UNBC Geography Associate Professor)) and Annie Booth (UNBC Environmental Science Professor.)

“Recently, we have seen both the rise of regressive male leaders using authoritarian and masculine-associated leadership styles, and a powerful suite of female (and ally) uprisings demanding more of society,” says Booth.

Meletis adds that “Popular culture and its viral components, from the recent Gillette commercial and responses, to overt queer feminism in the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team’s domination at the 2019 World Cup, are reflecting renewed interest in diverse gender identities and improved gender relations. Masculinity is also of popular and academic interest.”

Events are open to all genders and everyone is welcome to attend. Youth-friendly events are also in the program and indicated with a star on schedules found on the IWAU Facebook page and elsewhere.

Some key IWAU 2019 events include:

University Mentoring Community; Community Mentoring University (panel), Tuesday, Nov. 12. Noon – 1:30 p.m., Hubspace, Downtown Prince George

Opening ceremony and feminist T-shirt making, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at UNBC’s Canfor Winter Garden.

Dr. Devi Mucina’s talk on international concepts of healthy masculinities, as part of the Global Fridays talk series, Friday Nov. 15, from 12-1:30 p.m., in room 5-175, at UNBC.

Rosemary Wardley, National Geographic, Mapping in a Man’s World (talk), Friday, Nov. 15, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Rm. 8-164, at UNBC.

Tomboy – film showing and discussion with GenderOutlines, Trans Society of PG, Friday, Nov. 15, 5 – 7 p.m. Room 1-306/Cinema CNC room, College of New Caledonia.

Feminist Storytime, Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 – 11 a.m. Books & Company.

The Paper Bag Princess, a play by Pocket Theatre, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2:30 – 4 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 17, room 1-306 at the College of New Caledonia. With support from Cinema CNC & IWAU.

Helen Knott book launch & workshop, In Her Own Moccasins, Sunday, Nov. 17 and Monday, Nov. 18.

Two mentoring workshops with Shawna Dempsey of Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (Winnipeg), Sunday, Nov. 17 (Two Rivers Gallery) and Monday, Nov. 18 (Gathering Place, UNBC).

Women Building: A Chance to Explore… Opportunities for Women in the Trades, Tuesday, Nov. 19, Bob Harkins Room, Prince George Public Library.

Man 2 Man – a networking lunch, Wednesday, Nov. 20, noon – 1 p.m., Rm. 6-205, UNBC.

Transgender Day of Remembrance with GenderOutlines Trans Society of PG, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 6 – 9 p.m. Omineca Centre for the Arts, downtown Prince George.

National Day of Remembrance and Action, Ceremony with readings and performances, Thursday, Nov. 21, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Canfor Winter Garden, UNBC.

Rise and Agitate Choral Sing and video premiere with local performer Amy Blanding and friends, Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m. UNBC Rotunda.

For a full schedule of events, please visit the IWAU schedule.

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