Two Week Event Plans to Celebrate Women
Prince George, B.C.- It’s called “Inspiring Women Among Us” a two week event that will not only celebrate those women in our world who are inspiring, it also hopes to inspire women.
Starting November 13th, numerous events have been scheduled throughout Prince George leading up to the November 25th memorial to be held at UNBC to remember the women who were gunned down December 6th twenty six years ago at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. ( it cannot be held on the actual anniversary date as UNBC classes are over for the semester)
“One of my colleagues was concerned about the decreasing attendance at the December 6th Memorial” says UNBC faculty member Dr. Annie Booth. “So I suggested maybe we should do something to celebrate women as we lead up to the day of remembrance, so we decided to organize an event that would both recognize the contributions women have made in a variety of places as well as encourage others.”
Speakers and panel sessions have been planned to take place both on campus of UNBC and throughout the community.
The event kicks off this Friday with a lecture by Dr. Leigh Torres of Oregon State University on marine conservation, then the weekend comes alive with an interactive science themed event at the Geoffrey R. Weller Library at UNBC. “It’s targeted to those 18 and under, so younger people who are interested in science” says Dr. Booth “It’s really an opportunity to get anybody excited about science and research”. That Discovery Centre event runs throughout the weekend.
While all of the events planned for the 2 weeks are free to the public, Dr. Booth says donations, no matter how small, will be accepted “We are trying to establish an Inspiring Women Among Us award that is really going to be about women who faced some challenges getting to school but want to do it with a little financial help, there will be an award specifically targeted to them.”
The two week event is a very ambitious project, Dr. Booth said it couldn’t have happened without the help of so many, including faculty and students “We just really got a lot of people who are really interested.”
Dr. Booth says the event isn’t about denigrating the contributions of men, “It’s about recognizing another group that has also contributed significantly and also the way all of us, as a society, can come together and recognize the challenges that women still face.”
The complete program of events over the two weeks can be found here.
Dr. Booth says December 6th will always be a sombre reminder of violence against women, “I think if we have something positive, something celebratory , we’re showing here’s how we can help women achieve their dreams.”