At a previous celebration, Michelle Staples gathers everyone into a circle at International Womens Day celebrations in Duncan. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen file)

VIDEO: One Billion Rising kicks off special week of activities centered on women

International Women’s Day, Red Dress display, entertainment, and more this weekend and next week

International Women’s Day is coming, with a rallies scheduled for both today (Friday, March 8) and tomorrow, Saturday, March 9.

Get yourself down to Duncan City Square today for One Billion Rising, an exciting affirmation of women’s solidarity. It will be held on March 8, from noon to 1 p.m.

The next day, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Cowichan Valley International Women’s Day Rally will be held at Charles Hoey Park in downtown Duncan. Speeches from local politicians, affirmations, stories, and dancing and singing are all part of this upbeat event.

Lisa Webster is the keynote speaker, and she’ll be joined by Katy Erlich of Alderlea Farms, Cherene Palmer of the Hospital Employees Union, Joanna Lord from VIU, and Sonnet L’Abbe, a singer and poet.

Special guests also include four Kwakiutal youth dancers recently returned from the United Nations General Assembly for the 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages.

In addition, the Red Dress display, scheduled for a month ago, but sidetracked by bitterly cold weather, will be happening at Charles Hoey Park at the same time, to remind everyone of missing and murdered women in Canada.

There are also several entertaining shows connected to International Women’s Day. Starting March 10, hear The Klez starting at 8:30 p.m. at the Duncan Showroom, at 131 Station St. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at door.

The film, Union Maids, is being shown at the VIRL South Cowichan branch in Mill Bay on March 14. Admission is free.

On March 18, there’s a film starting at 6:30 p.m. In Between will be shown at the VIU Lecture Theatre, at 2011 University Way, and admission is free.

Blue Moon Marquee hits the Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Ave., Crofton on March 23, and on March 24, The Lynns are at the Duncan Showroom starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 advance and $30 at door.

A special film, Maria Callas, is being shown at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on March 26. Admission is $14.

Finally, on March 30, there’s Roller Derby at the Cowichan Exhibition at 7380 Trans-Canada Hwy. featuring Brass Knuckle Derby Dames. Entry is $10 at door, mention Cowichan Valley International Women’s Day and $5 from your admission will be donated to CWAV.

Just Posted

Duncan Minds in Motion program has space available

Minds in Motion runs on five Monday afternoons beginning on May 27

Anticipation building for trip to D-Day anniversary for Chemainus students

Experience of being there promises to be a memorable one

Retired teacher’s generosity provides huge opportunity for two Chemainus Secondary students

Blitterswyk and Brown looking forward to being at Juno Beach for 75th anniversary of D-Day

Breakers battle into girls soccer provincials

Kelsey takes aim at top-eight finish

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Raptors beat Bucks 120-102 to even series at 2-2

Lowry pours in 25 as Toronto moves within two games of NBA Finals

Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from Great Slave Lake

Police confirm the body is that of one of three missing snowmobilers

Christmas morning burglar sentenced on Vancouver Island

Justin Redmond Feusse, 20, sentenced to 240 days in jail for Dec. 25 break-and-enter

So, do you know ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’?

Ontario man searching for fellow he travelled with in Europe 50 years ago

Toddler seriously injured after falling from Okanagan balcony

RCMP are investigating after a two-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment in Kelowna

Cost jumps 35% for Trans-Canada Highway widening in B.C.

Revelstoke-area stretch first awarded under new union deal

Is vegan food a human right? Ontario firefighter battling B.C. blaze argues it is

Adam Knauff says he had to go hungry some days because there was no vegan food

Winds helping in battle against fire threatening northern Alberta town

Nearly 5,000 people have cleared out of High Level and nearby First Nation

Most Read