International Women’s Day

International Women's Day

Learn more about the International Women's Day here!

A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.
So let's all choose to challenge.

#IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge

How will you help forge a gender equal world?
Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

Monday, March 8th

10:00 a.m. 

Women Leading the Way – DC Celebrates IWD 2021!

Join us as DC celebrates International Women’s Day 2021 with a powerful panel of women who are leading the way at DC , Durham Region and beyond!

  •  Patrice Barnes, Trustee, Durham District School Board for Ajax, Wards 1 and 2
  • Nancy Shaw, CEO of the Oshawa Chamber of Commerce 
  • Linda Flynn, Associate Vice President, Development and Alumni Affairs and Executive Director of the Durham Community Foundation 
  • Bandini Sethi, Professor and Program Coordinator in the School of Justice and Emergency Services at Durham College

5:00 p.m. 

"On The Basis Of Sex" | DCSI MOVIE NIGHT

On the Basis of Sex is a 2018 American biographical legal drama film based on the life and early cases of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1993 to her death in 2020, and became the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

Tuesday, March 16th

Throwback! LGBTQ+ Women in History | 11am

International Women’s Day (March 8th) is a time to recognize female achievement and how women have overcome challenges in order to succeed. Join us on March 16th as we keep the conversation going and learn about some of the most influential LGBTQ+ women in history and the impacts they have had on all of us today! 

Wednesday, March 17th

Yuk Yuks "Women In Comedy Special" | 7:00 p.m.

Featuring female comedians Juliana Rodrigues, Martha Chaves, Eman El Husseini and Jane Stanton - this comedy special is sure to crack you up!

Juliana Rodrigues

Juliana Rodrigues began performing stand-up at the age of 15, now only 22 she's gone on to make quite the name for herself in Toronto. In May 2017 the Canadian Press did a segment about her journey titled, "Canada 150: On stage with a Teenage Stand-up Comedian" for The Toronto Star, and has been featured on The National for her work as well.

Martha Chaves

Martha Chaves is a Latin-Canadian-LGBTQ award-winning comedian, actor, activist, and playwright.

With her unique sense of humour, friendly-in-your-face style, and devilish charm, Martha paints hilarious stories drawn heavily from personal experience, like her upbringing in Latin-America. She came to Canada as a refugee, but Martha has established herself as one of the country's most sought-after comedians. She is also a fierce human rights activist, using humour to challenge the status quo in four different languages. She's the host of "When Feminists Rule the World"- a new podcast series produced by The Nobel Women's Initiative, which is run by five Nobel Peace Prize winners

Eman El-Husseini

Since her comedy debut in 2006 Eman El-Husseini has racked up an impressive list of credits. Travelling across Canada, the U.S and the Middle East she covers a wide range of topics, from how lesbians are the new gentlemen to her parents’ wedding anniversary landing on, you guessed it, September 11th.
A media darling of sorts, Eman has been featured in major Canadian newspapers such as The National Post, The Toronto Star and The Montreal Gazette. She has also appeared regularly on radio stations such as CJAD, CBC, and CKUT. Her TV credits include a half hour comedy special on CTV, Comedy Network and the iChannel.

Jane Stanton

Since breaking onto the Canadian Comedy scene, Jane Stanton has become one of the country’s favourite headliners. With multiple festival appearances across North America, Jane has been featured at the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs, JFL Northwest, Global Comedy Festival, Bumpershoot Seattle, Seattle’s International Comedy Competition, Halifax Comedy Festival and Winnipeg Comedy Festival.

*Postponed* Friday, March 19 

"Optimizing Mind & Body Performance" with Olympian Mechelle Lewis | 4:00 P.M.


A virtual workout and motivational storytelling for a good cause! All proceeds from this experience go to TrackGirlz, a nonprofit organization that empowers girls through sisterhood and track and field. 

This high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout will feature track and field inspired strength and conditioning movements and proper running mechanics and techniques. All movements will have low and high-impact options.  

Mechelle Lewis will share her journey leaving her hard to come by Madison Avenue advertising gig in 2006, to chase after Olympic gold in the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games. And, trying to do this all after a four year break from her sport!

You''ll get to know each other and exchange inspiring stories of adventure, faith, and personal transformation. I hope to help you discover your inner ability to actively go after your goals. 

Learn more about Mechelle Lewis here

Learn more about TrackGirlz


Sign up now to be entered to win One of Twenty Hard-Copy editions of "Can you Hear Me Now" written by Durham Region MP Celina Ceaser-Chanvannes. |Register Here|

In Can You Hear Me Now?, Celina Caesar-Chavannes digs deep into her childhood and her life as a young Black woman entrepreneur and politician, and shows us that effective and humane leaders grow as much from their mistakes and vulnerabilities as from their strengths.

Learn more about Celina and "Can You Hear Me Now"

Watch our DCSI Replay Recording; Celina Caesar-Chavannes "Can You Hear Me Now", DCSI Guest Speaker Feb, 2021

Sign up now to be entered to win One of Five $50 Gift-Cards To The Oshawa Centre |Register Here|

Sign up now to be entered to win a $150 Gift-Cards To The Best Buy | Register Here |