From athletes to activists, this year’s International Women’s Week at Vanier College focuses on Women Taking Action. The annual festival, with its rich program of events that includes guest speakers, workshops, student panels and a film festival, runs from March 5 to 9, 2012.
The first speakers to take action and launch the festival Monday March 5 are eight Vanier students who travelled to Nicaragua in January 2012, and who will share their experiences and their observations on gender issues in that country. Later that afternoon, Victoria Della Cioppa and Leticia Yansen will deliver a cautionary message to students, in their presentation entitled, Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault: Drugs, Myths, Effects and More.
Several first time speakers this year hail from the world of sports.
Savoy Howe, founder of The Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club will talk about running Canada’s only all-female and trans-positive boxing club. Aside from recreational and amateur boxing programs, the club runs a “Shape Your Life” program, a free recreational boxing program for women and trans people who self-identify as survivors of violence.
Last Woman Standing
World champion Canadian boxer Ariane Fortin and the directors of the documentary Last Woman Standing will discuss making the film and women’s boxing as a first-time event in the 2012 Olympics. The film follows the world champions and former friends, Ariane Fortin and Mary Spencer, who must now fight each other for a chance to win gold.
With this Ring
Ameesha Joshi and Anna Sarkissian, directors of the documentary With this Ring, which chronicles the lives of world champions on the Indian women’s national boxing team, will discuss their film and their experience with the amazing women they followed for six years.
Natural Physiques Bodybuilding
Vanier’s very own Judy Ingerman will talk about her experience competing in the Championnat Provincial Physiques Naturels Québécois / Québec Natural Physiques Championships as a female bodybuilder.
Back by Popular demand
- Breast Control Action Montreal’s Beast of Beauty: Toxic Ingredients in Cosmetics.
- Monia Mazigh, recognized for her successful efforts to free her husband, Maher Arar, from a Syrian prison
- Diane Labelle: Mohawk woman and LGBT activist
- Caroline Ouellette, three time Olympic Gold medalist for women’s hockey
- Raging Grannies: always a hit!
See details in the complete program.