Tag Archive | International Women’s Day

Eve Ensler’s VAGINA MONOLOGUES is coming to Toronto!

“When you rape, beat, maim, mutilate, burn, bury and terrorize women, you destroy the essential life energy on the planet…..The heart is capable of sacrifice. So is the vagina. The heart is able to forgive and repair. It can change it’s shape to let us in. It can expand to let us out. So can the vagina. It can ache for us and stretch for us, die for us and bleed and bleed us into this difficult, wondrous world. So can the vagina….”
~Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues
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Week 32| WWN Reflections by @JulietKego: Celebrating All Empowered, Fabulous, Whole Women……

Today-I-will-not-Bow_picSometimes women are so  busy taking care of everyone else, they often forget to take care of and celebrate themselves.

Everyday, in cities, towns, villages across Africa and in the diaspora, I get the privilege to meet so many remarkable women doing incredible things, against all odds, for their families, companies, communities and society at large…

This post is simply to celebrate and thank you all, for who you are and all you do. Africa is a better continent because of your beautiful energy and efforts.

Celebrating YOU, an Empowered, Fabulous, Whole Woman who is:

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WWN Announcement: Join us for a Livestream of “Floetry by Juliet ‘Kego”

Join Whole Woman Network’s Co-Founder and Executive Director, Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido, every Sunday evening for a LIVE radio show: “FLOETRY By Juliet ‘Kego”

The first show airs LIVE today Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
Time: 6 :00 pm – 7 :00 pm EST on 105.9 FM The Region

Theme: Celebrating International Women’s Day and World Poetry Day

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The Region Radio Station 105.9


Random Musings: Highlights of International Women’s Day, The Joy of Finding a Perfect Bra (Warcoal) et al

Have you ever attended an event and a few days later, you suddenly realize that it was such a special experience and it needs to be captured with a blog post?

Well, about a week ago, I attended an international Women’s Day event, and I was blessed to exchange sacred energy and share space with some phenomenal women in York Region/GTA. It was a remarkable night of inspiring stories, sisterhood, celebrations and empowerment. Most of all, we had an awesome time socializing and we all had a whole lot of fun!

(Important to mention here that some of the topics we discussed were so damn hot that we literally set the place on fire! Like, seriously, candle to paper fire 🙂 That’s how much fun we had).


International Women's Day Lunch Angel Freedman Juliet Kego Ume-Onyido

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Postcards From Africa #4: International Women’s Day – Celebrating African Women Leaders and Influencers


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A few years ago, in my research into Nigerian/African women leaders, someone caught my eye. A poet, erudite scholar and teacher, who advocated nomadic education and empowerment for women as far back as the 13th century.


Her name is Nana Asma’u (the daughter of Usman dan Fodio, founder of Sokoto Caliphate). Asma’u represents the education, influence and independence that is possible for women across all faith and remains a model for African feminists till date.


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As we celebrate International Women’s Day…

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“Let us go forward with courage, conviction and commitment, with the message that women’s issues are global issues that deserve urgent priority. There can be no peace, no progress as long as women live under the fear of violence”. ~Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, UN Women.

The future for women looks brighter than ever as we celebrate another international women’s day. Over 160 countries around the world have enacted laws that address the issue of violence against women. In the past decade alone, more than ever before in our modern history, more women have risen to positions of authority in different countries around the world. This has helped to break down some of the traditions and stereotypes that often support violence against women.

It has also placed women in a unique position to both enact and influence policy that will hopefully address and eliminate violence against women. It is clear that much has been achieved since the UN declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women in 1993. Although, we should be proud of how far we have come, we must also be aware that a lot still needs to be done. Different women’s organizations and agencies along with governments and businesses will be engaged in a variety of events and activities to mark 2013’s International Women’s Day.

In Canada, the White Ribbon campaign is focusing on engaging Men and boys in the elimination of violence against women. The UN programme for gender equality in collaboration with UN Women is releasing a one-off single called One Woman. Even Wall Street (along with the Dow Jones), is joining in on the celebrations by recognizing female Executives of the past decade.

All over the world women will be coming together to acknowledge the successes and some of the challenges facing societies moving forward. What will you do in solidarity with other women on this important International Women’s  Day? You do not have to be a Malala Yousafzai, battling aggressive ignorance in a hostile environment. Recognize that in your day-to-day lives as mothers, lovers, wives, sisters, daughters, friends, bosses etc., you too are on the front lines and can contribute to the story of women.

Do something to acknowledge yourself, where you have come from and what you have achieved. It is the efforts of individual women and men that make up the foundation of our collective success, so own your part of the story. If you are a mother, you can work with your young children to build a ‘Society Tree’ with the roots made up of the traits that you believe underlay a violence-free and equitable society for women; for older children it can be getting them engaged in a discussion about the issues of a safe, violent-free world for all women.

If you are a wife, lover or friend, take your significant other through a journey of some of your challenges, triumphs and successes. Show them the beautiful, confident and loving person you are. Even if you start this as a one day activity each year, for that one day in the year, you would have created a sphere of positive energy for yourself and those around you. Try to expand this for more than one day in small ways, believe me, it becomes a deep-seated habit where you and those around you develop an awareness that makes violence harder to spread.

w day 3Remember, the most important person in your life is YOU! As the bible states and other major religions also espouse, treat your body as a sacred temple; this requires self-love and self-respect. Love and value yourself; learn to recognize signs of potential violence; remove yourself from a potentially violent situation or environment and do not be afraid to ask for help. This is a challenge we can only win individually and collectively, together! Happy International Women’s Day!


The preceding is a guest post from Diana Barikor, M.Ed- Program Manager at Whole Woman Network. Diana is an Educator and Community Developer with over 15 years experience. She’s passionate about facilitating conversations on growth and empowerment for women both personally and professionally. Her mission is simply to engage life with a deep sense of curiosity and an understanding that development is dynamic and always evolving. Follow Whole Woman Network on Twitter @wholewomaninc.

International Women’s Day 2012: A ‘must watch’ movie for all women!

Note: Angel  Freedman is a recent recipient of the Quarterly

W.O.W : Wonderful One-of-a-kind Woman” Award by Whole Woman Network [September-December, 2011]

Pink Ribbons, Inc: A thought-provoking documentary by Lea Pool

International Women’s Day is celebrated globally on March 8th every year and for the fourth year here in Richmond Hill. The event will be presented at the Richmond Hill Centre for Performing Arts. International Women’s Day, Richmond Hill, is pleased to announce the Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection, the thought-provoking National Film Board Documentary by Lea Pool, Pink Ribbons, Inc. to take place on Thursday, March 8th, at 7:30 p.m. This is a must see, must attend evening!

The International Women’s Day event will commence with a silent auction. You will discover an array of beautiful merchandise and services donated by local and regional business owners who so generously donate to International Women’s Day and support the Women’s Support Network of York Region every year. The silent auction will commence at 6:15 p.m. and will end at 10:00 pm.

Tickets are on sale for $20.00 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts –  www.rhcentre.ca

10268 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Box Office 905-787-8811

Following the film, we invite you to an Apres Cinema Reception offering light refreshments. Everyone is invited to browse the silent auction, make your final bids and enjoy conversation with other like-minded celebrants at this notable occasion.

Opportunities for sponsorship, silent auction donations, and/or general enquiries please contact:

Angel Freedman, 905-780-8119 www.angelfreedman.com

We look forward to celebrating International Women’s Day with you once again.

Please visit www.angelfreedman.com to watch the trailer for the film. Let’s fill the theatre with 631 people and enlighten everyone on the exploitation of the pink ribbon.


Press Release by the National Film Board

“Inspired by the book Pink Ribbons, Inc.: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy by Samantha KingPink Ribbons, Inc. shows how some companies use breast cancer cause-marketing to boost sales, while often contributing only a tiny fraction of proceeds to the cause. It also explores how companies that pollute or sell products containing dangerous chemicals are in on the action, too, using “pink washing” to polish their images, and even shaping the direction of cancer research. The end result is that the environmental causes of breast cancer have been largely ignored, with only a minuscule fraction of the funds going to prevention research.”

“Pink Ribbons, Inc. also takes us back to the questionable origins of the ubiquitous ribbon. Charlotte Haley was a 68-year-old American woman using peach-coloured ribbons to specifically call attention to the lack of funding for breast cancer prevention. When a cosmetics giant wanted in, Haley refused, because she believed that the company was out to boost profits rather than help women. But she couldn’t stop them when they changed the colour of the ribbon to pink.”

“Most heartbreaking are the sick and dying women who’ve been pushed to the margins because they don’t suit the triumphal upbeat image of the pink ribbon narrative, what author Samantha King calls “the tyranny of cheerfulness.”

“This is an intriguing doc [that] will have you talking long after the lights come up.” – Linda Barnard, Toronto Star