About International Women’s Day

Peterborough’s full-day International Women’s Day conference was introduced in 2017. This event is Thirteen Moons’ contribution to the global celebration of women’s achievements. It brings women of the Peterborough and surrounding communities together, and aims to both inspire and advocate for greater action and investment to advance gender equality.

The 2020 event theme is “Effective Allyship” and is being presented as a luncheon with a keynote speaker.

The focus of this annual gathering is to present diverse voices and experiences that appeal to the range of roles and issues that impact women of our community, and to engage and empower participants to move forward with solutions to create positive change for ourselves, our families, our communities and the economy.

Learn how to leverage your strengths and recognize your power within, move through adversity, engage in movements, embrace feminine principles, and make a plan of action that will impact not only yourself, but your community. Attendees will be inspired and leave with practical ideas they can apply in their day-to-day lives.

Participants are encouraged to network with peers and professionals with the intent to inspire ongoing conversations and engagement.

International Women’s Day History

The first International Women’s Day was observed on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. More than one million women and men showed their support of women by participating in public events. In 1977, following the long-standing movements for women to participate equally in society, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed a day for women’s rights and international peace. Following the United Nations’ lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration. In many countries it is an official holiday.

For more information on International Women’s Day, visit the official website.