International Women’s Day Event: Bridging from Isolation to Community

About the event: Bridging from Isolation to Community

On Saturday, March 8, 2014 the International Women’s Day Event, Bridging from Isolation to Community, took place in Regina, Saskatchewan. Participants met at the Mackenzie Art Gallery at 1 p.m. to view the exhibit, Soliloquy, by Shirin Neshat, a dual projection video installation, followed by a group discussion. Then everyone boarded a chartered bus to the Albert Street Bridge for the International Join Me On The Bridge Movement, portion of the event. At the bridge, participants connected with each other with red colored scarves to show freedom and empowerment.

This project was a partnership formed by the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina Immigrant Women Centre, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, Government of Saskatchewan – Status of Women Office, University of Regina, Life Long Learning Centre – Intercultural Grandmothers Uniting, and SaskCulture. The project targeted women from diverse backgrounds and organizations.

About International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.

In 1975, during International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.

 About the theme: Bridging from Isolation to Community

“We felt that the art exhibit “Soliloquy” and the International “Join Me on the Bridge movement” define every woman. Isolation is one side of the bridge and community is the other. We come across the bridge to join community which leads to individual and group empowerment. The scarves represent our connection as women. All women use a scarf in one form or another. They are the connecting links like the bridge,” explains Neelu Sachdev, Executive Director, RIWC. “What is your bridge?! Join us on the Bridge to connect and celebrate freedom and empowerment!”

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