Ottawa Femmy Awards event to Highlight Women’s Rights Defenders on International Women’s Day

On March 8, six Ottawa-area feminist leaders will be recognized with Femmy Awards for their tireless work advancing women’s human rights and gender equality at an International Women’s Day event in Ottawa. The theme of this year’s event and Femmy Awards ceremony is “The Future is Feminist.”
Since 2009, local feminists have celebrated International Women’s Day with a fun-filled event, including presentation of the Femmy Awards, organized by a coalition of organizations and individual volunteers engaged in women’s rights including Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, Amnesty International Canada, Canadian Federation of University Women, CUSO International, Human Rights Research and Education Centre, Inter Pares, OCTEVAW, Oxfam Canada, Planned Parenthood Ottawa, and Women’s Shelters Canada.
 “This year’s International Women’s Day is a particularly important opportunity to recognize and honour the vital work of feminist leaders who are standing up against fear, bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and racism,” says event co-organizer Stacey Mirowski.   “We are incredibly excited to announce our cast of Femmy award winners, all of whom have made tremendous contributions in the pursuit of justice and equality.”
The annual Femmy Awards honour local feminist change-makers at the International Women’s Day event, which also includes an activist fair, feminist comedy, free food, and a dance party.

Where: Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa.
When: Wednesday March 8, 2017, 6-10pm.
Details: Free admission, free on-site childcare, cash bar, activist fair.