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Join the Feminist Party on International Women’s Day

    March 05, 2015

    Ottawa -  This evening, over 400 people are expected to attend the Ottawa-Gatineau area’s largest International Women’s Day celebration.

    “As feminists we work on serious, often life and death issues, such as violence against women,” said Kelly Bowden from Oxfam. “Tonight we will come together for something more upbeat—to celebrate our achievements and to laugh a little at the same time.”

    Themed “Join the Feminist Party”, the event will include a mock election debate on women’s rights issues moderated by Amal Wahab from Live 88.5FM. “The last time federal political party leaders held a debate on women’s issues was in 1984,” said Jackie Hansen of Amnesty International Canada. “If held today, many of the same issues could be discussed. Tonight our line-up of satirical panelists will imagine what a debate on the issues that matter to women and girls in Canada could look like in 2015.”

    The 7th annual Femmy Awards will be presented at the event to outstanding feminists from the Ottawa-Gatineau area. This year’s winners are:
    • Ms. Liz Bernstein, Nobel Women’s Initiative, for her decades of work around the world on issues related to women, peace, and security, including founding the Nobel Women’s Initiative;
    • Ms. Colleen Cardinal, Families of Sisters in Spirit, for her activism on violence against Indigenous women and Indigenous adoptees;
    • Dr. Angel Foster, University of Ottawa for her academic work on sexual and reproductive rights in the Middle East-North Africa and Southeast Asia;
    • Ms. Sandi Harmer, Amethyst Women’s Addiction Centre for her 40+ years of work in the Ottawa area on treating women with addiction; and
    • Dr. Dawn Moore, Carleton University for her academic research and activism on violence against women and LGBTI rights.

    Where: Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

    When: Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm

    Details: Free admission, free on-site childcare, cash bar, activist info and action fair

    “Join the Feminist Party” is organized by group of individuals and organizations  including Amnesty International, Canadian Federation of University Women, Inter Pares, Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, Oxfam Canada, Planned Parenthood Ottawa, and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre.

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    To schedule an interview with event organizers or Femmy Award winnners please contact Elizabeth Berton-Hunter, Media Relations,  416-363-9933 ext. 332 or