Friday, 3 March 2017

Some 2017 International Women's Day (#BeBoldForChange) Events

Jean Augustine at play with Brother Oji, Michelle and Andrew at the Oware Tournament & Family Fun Day at the Africentric Alternative School in Toronto on Oct. 15, 2016. She will be at the 9th annual Viola Desmond Day Awards at Ryerson University on March 6, 2017.

Sandra Whiting, who will be the keynote speaker at the JCA's International Women's Day event on March 12 being interviewed by me at the unveiling and dedication of Ontario Square benches at Harbourfront Centre in Nov. 2014.

On Saturday, March 4, 8pm at St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. East in Toronto, Up From The Roots will present the “When Sisters Speak” spoken word concert 2017 with Mahogany Browne (NYC), Jemini (Toronto), Rabbit Richards (Montreal), Jassmine Peters (Detroit), and Paulina O’Kieffe (Toronto). It will be curated and hosted by Dwayne Morgan. The event has been around since 2001. www.dwaynemorgan .com

Canadian Muslim Women Organize Special Conference to Address Global Unrest

Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association Hosts a Unique Peace Conference:

“The Role of Religion in the 21st Century”


The Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association is hosting a special Peace Conference titled The Role of Religion in the 21st Century on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 10am to 1:30pm at the national headquarters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada located in Vaughan, ON. Each year, this unique program is organized on International Women’s Day to recognize the contributions women make to domestic and global peace.  

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association, in collaboration with esteemed religious and public leaders, invites members of the public to the Peace Conference to help build bridges and create inclusivity. The conference aims to generate public dialogue, promote inclusion, acceptance and deeper cultural understanding.

Speakers from various faith groups will share their perspectives on how religion can help build bridges to bring communities together. A unique opportunity to tour one of Canada’s most iconic mosques, Baitul Islam, will be arranged for attendees.

When:   Sunday, March 5, 2017 – 10am to 1:30pm

Where:  Tahir Hall Community Centre (Baitul Islam Mosque) – 10610 Jane Street, Vaughan, ON


 Ryerson University will honour the extraordinary
achievements of Black women from the university’s campus and in the
community at the *9th Annual Viola Desmond Day Awards
<> *Ceremony
on *Monday, March 6*. The recipients, selected by a committee of Ryerson
students, staff and faculty, will each receive an award named after the
following prominent Black Canadian leaders:

- Viola Desmond High School Student Award and Bursary: Siifan Hassen,
Central Technical School
- Senator Wanda Thomas-Bernard Faculty Award: Dr. Annette Bailey, Daphne
Cockwell School of Nursing
- Ms. Rosemary Sadlier Ryerson Staff Award: Donica Willis, Ryerson
University Student Affairs
- Ms. Paulette Senior Ryerson Student Award: Devanae Bryce, Ted Rogers
School of Management

Also being awarded is the Viola Desmond Bursary which offers financial
support for a Ryerson student who exemplifies success and involvement at
Ryerson and in the local community. The name of this year’s recipient is Ms.
Sharon Folkes-Hall, School of Social Work.

As part of the event, Ryerson Assistant Vice-President/Vice-Provost Equity,
Diversity and Inclusion, Denise O’Neil Green, and her co-authors, Jean
Augustine and Dauna Jones Simmonds, will be onsite to sign copies of their
book, *100ABCWomen <>*. The book highlights,
documents, acknowledges, and supports the accomplishments of Black Canadian
women in all areas: social, educational, political, and professional.

As part of the Black History Awareness series at Ryerson, the annual Viola
Desmond Day Award Ceremony showcases talent from students, staff, faculty
and the larger community, while raising awareness of the diverse and
little-known stories and contributions of past and present Women of African
descent in the building of Canada. It has been organized by Ryerson
University’s Black History Awareness Committee.

The event is named for Ms. Viola Desmond, her efforts in achieving human
rights and desegregating public spaces for Black people in Canada during
and following her arrest for being Black in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia in
November, 1946—nine years before the incident in the United States
involving Ms. Rosa Parks. In December 2016, the Bank of Canada announced
that Viola Desmond would be the new face of the $10 Bank note, expected to
begin circulation in 2018.

*WHAT:* 9th Annual Viola Desmond Day Awards Ceremony

*WHEN:* Monday, March 6, 6 to 8 p.m.

(Gallery walk and reception from 5 to 6 p.m.)

*WHERE:* The Commons, 2nd floor, POD 250

380 Victoria St., Ryerson University

Junior League of Toronto will host its 4th annual International Women’s Day event on March 8, 5:45-9pm at YWCA Toronto, 87 Elm St., Toronto (north of University & Dundas). There will be a screening of the film, SOLD, about the fight against human trafficking especially the sexual exploitation of children. Reception begins at 5:45 pm, screening begins at 6:45 pm. Guest speakers: Jennifer Keeler, coordinator of Chantal’s Place, and Julie Neubauer, Covenant House Toronto – manager of human trafficking services. A free event.

International Women’s Day Toronto 2017 Rally and March starting at the University of Toronto Medical Sciences Building, 1 King’s College Circle on Saturday, March 11. Rally at 11am, King’s College Circle; march at 1pm, and fair at 2pm at Ryerson University, 55 Gould St., Toronto.

Walk Good Art House presents “Inheritance: Songs of Emancipation” – a gospel music tribute to International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 11, doors open at 6:30pm, concert begins at 7:15pm at Toronto East SDA Church, 4548 Shepard Ave. East, Scarborough. Tickets: $15 (advance), $20 (at the door)

The Women’s Committee of the Jamaican Canadian Association presents its annual International Women’s Day Celebration on Sunday, March 12, 2:00-5:00pm at the Jamaican Canadian Centre, 995 Arrow Rd., Toronto. Keynote speaker: Sandra Whiting, speaker, storyteller and event host. Call 416-746-5772

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