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Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women International Women's Day Events


Woven Together: Stories of Women’s Empowerment, Solidarity & Creativity
With African Threads, and the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers

Where: St. Mary's University, Loyola L170

When: Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 from 3:30 to 4:30 PM

Cost: FREE!

Sponsored by the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, African Threads, St. Mary’s University, and the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Event Description
A fundraiser for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign to support grandmothers in Africa who are caring for their children, grandchildren, and orphans due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Woven Together will launch the Red Week Campaign which takes place in ten HRM high schools in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. The afternoon will feature Valerie Header’s African Threads, and the stories and artwork from women’s collectives in South Africa. African Threads’ hand embroidered textiles and beadworks will be available for purchase at the event, with 15% of the profits going to Grandmothers to Grandmothers. The afternoon will also include stories of the Gathering in Swaziland in 2010, where 500 grandmothers from 14 countries including Canada joined in solidarity to turn the tide of the AIDS epidemic in Africa. The Manzini Statement will be shared, and the afternoon will end with African dance and drumming by the Maritime Centre for African Dance.


Voices of Celebration: International Women’s Day @ 100
An evening of music, dance and story

Where: Mount Saint Vincent University, Seton Academic Centre Auditorium

When: Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 from 7:00 to 10:00 PM

Cost: FREE, but require tickets for entry. Reserve your seat at http://voicesofcelebration.eventbrite.com/

Who: Featuring Catherine Banks, Renee Black, Susan Crowe, Stephanie Domet, Shauntay Grant, Rita-Clare LeBlanc, Catherine Martine, Chelsea Nesbitt, Rene Ross, and Savannah Simon.

Hosted by the Halifax Action Circle of Amnesty International, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, the YWCA, the Canadian Red Cross and Oxfam.



Pray the Devil Back to Hell:
A film night to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day:


Where: St. Mary’s University, Scotiabank Theatre, Sobey Building

When: Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Who: A post-film discussion will be facilitated by Renee Black - a peacebuilding advocate who has worked with UNIFEM, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders.

Cost: FREE!


Film synopsis

Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of the courageous Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country.

A story of sacrifice, unity and transcendence, Pray the Devil Back to Hell honors the strength and perseverance of the women of Liberia. Inspiring, uplifting, and most of all motivating, it is a compelling testimony of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.
(Synopsis taken from: http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com/%20synopsis.php)
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