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Women's College Hospital celebrates International Women's Day 2018

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Women's College Hospital (WCH) is proud to celebrate International Women's Day (IWD) on Thursday, March 8. Held every year, this important international event celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and marks a call to action to accelerate gender parity.

The goal of gender parity is equality for women in every dimension of life, whether private or public. IWD offers each one of us a moment to acknowledge the deep-seated gender norms that influence our lives – from our roles at home to the workplace – and to dive deeper into how gender stereotypes perpetuate a harmful cycle of inequality.

In healthcare, from research to treatment options to access to services and programs, many women are overlooked and underserved because healthcare has traditionally not considered the impact of sex and gender differences – these are the Health Gaps.

As a world leader in women's health and a champion of health equity, WCH advocates for the health of all women from diverse cultures and backgrounds and ensures their needs are reflected in the care they receive.

Join us on Thursday, March 8

Join us for in the Peter Gilgan Atrium and display your #PressforProgress pledge for gender parity.

Morning presentation

Conversations for Change: Women's Health and Rights Trajectories (9 – 11 a.m.) 

WCH Auditorium, C. L. Burton Conference Centre

Hosted by the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Featuring:

  • Janice Du Mont, EdD, senior scientist, Women's College Research Institute - Violence against Women: Progress and Challenges
  • Suzanne Stewart - Indigenous Women's Rights and Health: Past and Present
  • Erica Di Ruggiero - Global Population Health Interventions for Women: Successes, Failures & Way Forward
  • Onye Nnorom - Systemic Racism is Hazardous to Women's Health
  • Mercedes Cavallo - Grassroots Feminist Movements in Argentina, Latin America
  • Mariana Duarte - Women's Housing Movement and Health in Brazil
  • Allie Margaret May - Mental Health App for Students
  • The Centre for Women and Trans People - Achievements and Struggles of the LGBTQ2S Population in Toronto
  • Decent Work and Health Network - Fight for $15 and Fairness Movement

Keynote presentation

Thriving at the Intersections: Being a Black Woman in Medicine (12 – 1 p.m.)

WCH Auditorium, C. L. Burton Conference Centre

Chika Stacy Oriuwa shares her experience as the only Black medical student in her class at the University of Toronto. Read more about Chika Stacy Oriuwa in her recent essay in FLARE.com


View the event poster.

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