Saturday, March 06, 2010

Here, from the Facebook page for the event is the program for events during International Women's Week here in Winnipeg.

International Women's Week 2010 Calendar of Events - Winnipeg area
Start Time:
Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 8:00am
End Time:
Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 11:00am
All over the city!
We hope to provide a complete listing of all the events happening in the Winnipeg area to celebrate International Women's Week. Please let us know if there is an event we are missing or if there are any incorrect details!!!
Saturday, March 6:
MAWA Celebrates International Women’s Day with a MEGA Stitch ’n Bitch! Noon-4pm at MAWA 611 Main Street. Free! All genders welcome! Snacks will be served! Our much anticipated 2nd Annual IWD S’nB event! Four master craftswomen will be on hand between noon and 4pm to share their skills in wool dying, crochet, bookmaking and doll making. Come early and stay late! Enjoy good food, good company and some good- old-fashioned fun making crafts with friends. This event is cosponsored by The Manitoba Crafts Council, The Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg, The Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library, and The Edge.
Match Box Books with Nicole Coulson. Beginning with a small painted match box as the “cover”, create its content with bits of painted, drawn or collaged paper, in book form or not. Embellish its exterior, give it personality and broaden the definition of “book”. With a background in photography, calligraphy and bookbinding, Nicole’s work has shown in group exhibitions at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain, La Maison des artistes and the Mennonite Heritage Gallery, as well as in several books and publications.Crochet with Lynne Schulz. Learn crochet basics by creating medallions and granny squares. The stitches are simple and multiples can be made, to piece together into vests, scarves, capes, bags and more! Lynne Schulz enjoys working with my hands, whether it is gathering and growing her own seeds or hand spinning yarns for her fibre work. She is also a printmaker who has focused on the male nude in her prints and drawings. Currently she works as a welder in a fabrication/job-shop, and crochets during her lunch hours.
Fibre Dying with Kelly Ruth. Kelly will give an overview of two dye techniques commonly used in dying wools for knitting, and cotton for quilting and batik. She will be demonstrate the use of fiber reactive dyes and acid dyes, while emphasizing how to safely use the dyes in less than ideal workspaces. If you wish, bring small amounts of cotton or wool to dye for a project you are working on. Kelly Ruth is an emerging artist having spent a decade employed as the dyer/painter for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s wardrobe department. By working alongside many world-class artists during this period, she has learned much of what she has applied to her career as a painter. In the last three years she has exhibited in Miami, Florida, and Winnipeg at Cre8ery, The Piano Nobile Gallery and the Gas Station Theatre.
Doll Making with Jennie O. Make your own doll-icious lady, gent or creature! Many of Jennie O’s earlier endeavours were “below the radar”. She worked and exhibited in makeshift studios and self-published Latchkey, an all-girl art zinc. Jennie’s affinity for community and art led her to Art City, where she was the Studio Director for over four years. Best known for her dolls, Jennie also paints, draws and creates sculptures from found materials. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in many venues, including group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto and The Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Sunday, March 7
♀ International Women’s Day March and Feminist Fair: 1 pm – 4:30 pm. Winnipeg’s International Women's Week Organizing Committee invites you to attend this year’s International Women’s Day March and Feminist Fair!
We will gather together at the Manitoba Legislature at 1:00 pm and march to Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre at 430 Langside Street. The march will begin with a kick-off address by FemRev Collective and cheers by Winnipeg’s Radical Cheerleaders. Following the march there will be speakers, refreshments and a feminist fair, with information and representatives from local social justice organizations, all taking place at the M.E.R.C. This event is free, accessible, and all are welcome. Childcare bursaries and bus tickets are available with prior notice- please call 786-9788
Winnipeg's International Women's Week Organizing Committee is a coalition of individuals, collectives and organizations committed to creating a vibrant week of events for Winnipeg during International Women's Week.
We demand an end to Violence Against Women
We demand urgent anti-poverty measures
We demand access to resources and the common good
We demand peace and demilitarisation
We demand that the Rights of Aboriginal Women be upheld
Bring your tools to break free as this year’s theme is “Break Out! No-One is Free Until We’re All Free!” Perhaps you’ll use a giant key, a cardboard crowbar, a flying machine?! Endless possibilities!
Monday, March 8
♀ First Annual Afghanistan Film Festival & Mini Afghan-Market Presented by Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan – Manitoba Chapter. Co-Sponsored by Global College. Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall (3rd floor, Centennial Building), University of Winnipeg.
Afternoon matinee is free - seating is first come, first served. Evening double feature: Regular Admission $12- Students (with ID) $7
Afternoon matinee: Enemies of Happiness - 4:00 pm
Evening double feature: The Beauty Academy of Kabul - 6:00 pm; Afghan Star - 7:45 pm
The Mini-Market will be selling beautiful, fair trade soaps, handicrafts and clothing crafted by Afghan women. Afghan tea and dessert will be sold in the Hall foyer between films. EVENT SYNOPSIS: Women’s stories of hope, hilarity and healing are brought into focus through three unforgettable documentaries that capture life in Afghanistan today – experiences that most Canadians never see. The Manitoba Chapter of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan is proud to present this film festival – a first-ever for Winnipeg – to mark International Women’s Day 2010 and the struggle for justice and human rights in Afghanistan. We will be screening three documentaries: Enemies of Happiness, The Beauty Academy of Kabul, and Afghan Star. The goal of the event is to raise $2,000, which will support Afghan projects in partnership with Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, and to increase awareness within the Winnipeg community on women’s issues in Afghanistan.
For more information: Mariam Omar, Co-Chair, Manitoba Chapter
Ladies First:
An International Women’s Day Hip Hop Show: I.W.W. 2010 Organizing Committee is teaming up with Mass Appeal Mondays, Winnipeg’s weekly hip hop night, to present an event featuring local women and emcees, DJs, bgirls, and urban artists hosted by Julie Lafreniere from Streetz FM. The event will begin at 10pm on Monday, March 8th and will take place at the Lo Pub, located at 330 Kennedy Street. This is an 18+ event and costs $7 at the door.
UWSA Womyn’s Centre presents Breast-casting, Tit-printing and pad-making from 12-4 in the Womyn’s Centre. Watch for their “Debunking Myths about Feminism” campaign around campus all week with a special photo exhibit display of local feminists to be featured in Soma cafe.
♀ U of M Womyn’s Centre International Women’s Week events begin – March 8-12 Monday: Menstruation Monday; There will be a workshop from 12-2pm in the UMSU Counsel Chambers with a free lunch, showing old movies about menstruation, followed by a discussion. At 4pm there will be a pad-making workshop in the Womyn's Centre.
♀ Grassroots Women (MB) Presents the 4TH ANNUAL "INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY" DINNER - Honouring Women Whose Lives Are Lived In The Best Of Struggles
Kum Koon Garden Restaurant, 257 Main Street
Cash Bar: 6:00PM Dinner: 7:00PM Program: 8:00PM Entertainment: Patrick McGuire
Reservations/Tix Purchases: Laverne Gervais: 204.237.9585
Tix: $50.00/Person Or $500.00/Table (Seats 10)
Louise Champagne, Community Development
• Sandra Drosdowech, Workplace Democracy
• Julie Guard, Labour Studies & Human Rights
• Laurie Helgason, Women's Rights
• Audrey McLelland, Social Justice
Shahina Siddiqui, Human Rights
• Kelly-Ann Stevenson, Trade Unionist
Tuesday, March 9
♀ U of M Womyn’s Centre presents “How To... Plan a Fundraiser for RAWA”. This workshop, from 12-2pm, in the UMSU Counsel Chambers again, will be a time to plan a fundraiser for the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. There will be a short presentation at the beginning on the situation of women living in Afghanistan, and the rest of the time will go towards planning an event.
Wednesday, March 10
♀ Eight Conversations and One Quilt - Co-hosted by the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies, FemRev Collective, the UWSA Women’s Centre, and the University of Winnipeg Aboriginal Governance program. 11:30 am – 3:30 pm March 10/11th. This event , held in Convocation Hall, third floor, Wesley Hall at the U of W will feature collective quilting along with opportunities for conversation about a variety of different IWW topics with eight different “guest quilters” (TBA by Feb 24, including some very special guests!!) who will be quilting and chatting alongside participants.
Bell Hooks writes that “The separation of grassroots ways of sharing feminist thinking across kitchen tables from the spheres where much of that thinking is generated, the academy, undermines feminist movement. It would further feminist movement if new feminist thinking could be once again shared in small group contexts, integrating critical analysis with discussion of personal experience”
So, with this year’s event we hope to bring the “kitchen table” into the academy by gathering women together to stitch a quilt top, and to talk about issues that are important to us as feminists, as scholars, as community members, and in our everyday lives. It is our goal to break down barriers between women working in our communities – and to raise the critical consciousness of those attending, whether they self-identify as feminist or not.
♀ "Sexual Violence and American Indian Boarding Schools: Indigenous Feminist Perspectives on Reparations"
Delivered by Dr. Andrea Smith. Part of the 2010 Harry Daniels Distinguished Lecture series presented by the University of Winnipeg Aboriginal Governance Program. Talk to be held in 1L13 from 12:30 - 1:20 p.m.
Dr. Andrea Smith is an Assistant Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. She is a co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence and the Boarding School Healing Project.
Her publications include: Native Americans and the Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances and Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide. Professor Smith is also the editor of The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Nonprofit Industrial Complex and recently completed a report for the United Nations on Indigenous Peoples and Boarding Schools.
There will be a small reception to follow in the Aboriginal Student Services Centre at the University of Winnipeg. Contact: Jennifer Hofer 204-786-9305
Thursday, March 11
♀ Eight Conversations and One Quilt continues from 11:30 – 3:30 pm (see Wed, Mar 10)
♀ U of M Womyn’s Centre presents “It’s a drag... Gender Bender” From 12-2pm, we'll be dressing in drag and using the Rainbow Pride Mosaic (RPM) space for a discussion group open to all genders. Afterwards, for those who are comfortable/interested in participating, we will be taking photos around the University to make into a calendar for participants.
Friday, March 12
FemRev presents our annual International Women's Day Dance Party: on the Dance floor... a con.sensual soiree with music by DJ Beekeeni ! 9 pm to 2 am at Lo Pub
as well as...
a giant cunt cake
kisses galore
and other feministing goodies
5 bux / doors @ 9
after all, feminists have the best sex
Please contact for details.
UWSA Womyn’s Centre presents a discussion on “Debunking Myths about Feminism” 12:30 – 2:30 Room TBA – Details to follow♀ U of M Womyn’s Centre presents Let's Talk About Sex! (Work and the law). This will be a discussion of Canada's Prostitution Laws. Starting at 12pm in the GSA Lounge, room 217 of University Centre. We've invited folks from several different organizations to form a panel, and hope that everyone will feel comfortable adding to the conversation
Saturday, March 13
- no events to date


Anonymous said...

Monday, March 8th 2010, International Women's Day

We heard somewhere that a spark plug makes a good projectile, due to its density - after experimenting a bit, we're not so sure other small heavy hardware might not be just as effective, but in the early morning hours of Sunday March 7th we made our attack. Looking both ways down Broadway, covering our faces for the camera, we advanced on the Crisis Pregnancy Centre at 650 Broadway, hurling our spark plugs as hard as we could at the building's front windows, successfully smashing one.

We committed our act of sabotage for International Women's Week in solidarity with the organizers of Winnipeg's wonderful Women's Day march, with Indigenous wimmin in dual struggle with colonialism and patriarchy, with all those affected by limited access to abortion, and by the stigmatization of wimmin's bodies, by the stigmatization of all bodies.

Read the rest of the statement at

mollymew said...

I can admire your sentiment if not your choice of how to spend an evening out.

Who is the only inevitable direct beneficiary of an action such as this ? The glass company that replaces the window ! Who is the only immediate sufferer from the action ? The insurance company that covers the window ! Who could stand to benefit in spades if they played their cards right ? THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THE CENTRE !!!!

Suppose you do a $1,000 amount of damage. All they have to do is "play it to their supporters", and they could get $10,000 (or more) in new donations because they were "under threat". If they were crooked enough they'd do it themselves to get this opportunity to fundraise.

Stop and think about it for a minute. By doing what you did you abandoned the "moral high ground" and actually perhaps did the Centre a big favour. There should be compelling grounds for leaving the tactical advantage of looking like you are better than the other side ie something should be accomplished besides a subjective feeling of having "done something". The "other side" understands this very well when they disavow their own "direct actionists" who give them a bad rep by their actions.

Once more, stop and think about 'consequences' and not just whether the target are "bad guys".