Celebrate International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate and recognize women – and call for progress. At UBC, we continue our efforts to build a more inclusive community for all.

This International Women’s Day, the focus is on celebrating the tremendous efforts by women and girls across the globe to build back a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Women have been at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic as frontline workers, innovators, caregivers and also strong national leaders working tirelessly to combat the pandemic.

Unfortunately, while these trying times have brought about the importance of contributions made by women, they have also highlighted the disproportionate burdens they carry.

This year we encourage you to learn more about these contributions and also celebrate other strong women in your life.

Experiences of discrimination during the COVID-19 pandemic - Statistics Canada, 17 September 2020
Gender, COVID and Faculty Service - Marwa Shalaby, Nermin Allam and Gail Buttorff, Inside Higher Ed, 18 December 2020
The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 on Women of Color - Lucy Erickson, Society for Women's Health Research, 30 April 2020
Statement - Inequality amplified by COVID-19 crisis - Canadian Human Rights Commission
Together, we must Reset Normal - Canadian Women's Foundation
An Intersectional Approach to COVID-19 She-Covery - Jasmine Ramze Rezaee, YWCA Toronto, 27 May 2020
Unmasking Gender Inequity

Community Spotlights

This International Women’s Day 2021, we decided to connect with inspiring women championing inclusion at UBC to hear their reflections on this day and perspectives on a more equitable and inclusive future.

  • Hannah Kia

    Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
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  • Shirley Chau

    Associate Professor, School of Social Work, UBC Okanagan
    View Spotlight

  • Rohene Bouajram

    Associate Director, Strategic IBPOC Initiatives
    Office of the Vice-Presidents, Students
    View Spotlight

  • Paula Littlejohn

    PhD Candidate | Finlay Lab
    Microbiology & Immunology
    View Spotlight

  • Ananya Mukherjee Reed

    Provost and Vice-President Academic, University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan
    Co-executive lead for Anti-racism, UBC
    Professor, Department of Economics, Philosophy and Political Science
    View Spotlight

  • Nancy Mckenzie

    Chair, UBC Board of Governors
    View Spotlight

  • Naznin Virji Babul

    Associate Professor,
    Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty
    Medicine | Physical Therapy | Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
    View Spotlight

  • Vania Chan

    E-Learning Instructional Support Specialist
    Centre for Teaching and Learning
    View Spotlight

  • Julia Burnham

    MA Student | Department of Educational Studies
    Member of the UBC Vancouver Senate
    View Spotlight

  • Georgia Yee

    AMS VP Academic and University Affairs
    View Spotlight

  • Rabaab Khehra

    Co-op student, Equity & Inclusion Office
    View Spotlight

  • Ashika Sharda

    Legal Assistant at Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group
    View Spotlight


Celebration and Recognition Wall

In the spirit of International Women’s Day, we have created an online space to recognize and celebrate cisgender and transgender women at UBC for their leadership and contributions to the university and it’s community.

Check out the Padlet Wall below and help build a community through positivity, encouragement and appreciation!

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Ways to Get Involved and Resources

Check out UBC Events for featured UBC and community events, and other ways to get involved this International Women’s Day!

Resources and Support

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