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
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.
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
Associate Professor, School of Social Work, UBC Okanagan
Associate Director, Strategic IBPOC Initiatives
Office of the Vice-Presidents, Students
PhD Candidate | Finlay Lab
Microbiology & Immunology
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
Chair, UBC Board of Governors
Naznin Virji Babul
Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty
Medicine | Physical Therapy | Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
E-Learning Instructional Support Specialist
Centre for Teaching and Learning
MA Student | Department of Educational Studies
Member of the UBC Vancouver Senate
AMS VP Academic and University Affairs
Co-op student, Equity & Inclusion Office
Legal Assistant at Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group
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!
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
- Student Services: Women on campus
- Student Health Service
- AMS Women’s Centre
- Sexual Assault Support Centre
- Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office
- Unmasking Gender Inequality
- Equity & Inclusion Office – Gender Diversity
- Employment Equity Policy
- Employment Equity Report 2019