Photo: Emily Goodman peforms for the centenary celebrations of International Women’s Day in Fort St. John./Kimberley Molina


Centenary celebrations for International Women’s Day have begun in Fort St. John with a breakfast at the North Peace Cultural Centre.

Both men and women attended the Tuesday morning breakfast that included live entertainment by local artists, such as Emily Goodman, executive director of the Women’s Resource Society.

2011 is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day which was first celebrated in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

The event has since spread around the world, becoming an official holiday in certain countries including Afghanistan, Uganda, Zambia, Russia, China and Cuba.
In Fort St. John, other events for both men and women will be continuing throughout the day.
The North Peace Leisure Pool and the Pomeroy Sport Centre will be hosting four events:
Water Walking (NPLP) – 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Deep Water Aquafit (NPLP) – 7:10 – 8 p.m.
Women’s Walk (Pomeroy Sport Centre – Walking Track) – 7 – 9 p.m.
Women’s Skate (Pomeroy Sport Centre – Skating Oval) – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m.
There will also be a poetry reading at Whole Wheat and Honey from 7 until 9 p.m.

Below is a Public Service Announcement out of the U.K., which focuses on the difficulties women still face in the world.