Welcome to Cowichan Valley International Women’s Day Rally & Festival website.

Here is our full schedule of events for 2019

  • Feb 9 12:00 – 3:00pm The Red Dress Project  Charles Hoey Park Warmland Women
  • Feb 9 5:30pm Harlequin Dance  55 Coronation St Lake Cowichan CWAV fundraiser
  • Feb 11 6:30pm Film: The Fits VIU Lecture Theatre 2011 University Way Fabulous Films – Cancelled due to extreme weather
  • Feb 14 6:00pm Drawing The Face of Love VIRL South Cowichan Branch (Mill Bay) 310-2720 Mill Bay Rd, Mill Bay BC
  • Feb 14 7:00pm It’s All About Love Dinner show with Edie Daponte Osborne Bay Pub 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton
  • Feb 15 6:30pm Film: Unrest Collective Space 166 Station Street, Duncan
  • Feb 22 7:00pm Film: RBG Hero. Icon. Dissenter The Hub Film Club Cowichan Station 7:00pm
  • Feb 26 7:00pm Film: Colette 2687 James St, Duncan Reel Alternatives
  • Feb 28 6:00pm Drawing The Face of Love VIRL South Cowichan Branch (Mill Bay) 310-2720 Mill Bay Rd, Mill Bay BC
  • Mar 1 6:30pm Film: The Long Train Home – Hoovie.movie/Collective Space 166 Station Street
  • Mar 2 7:30pm Genevieve Charbonneau CD Release Party Providence Farm 1843 Tzouhalem Rd, Duncan
  • Mar 6 7:00pm Women’s Music Night  Ramada Inn 140 Trans-Canada, Duncan, Beverley McKeen Music
  • Mar 8 Noon One Billion Rising Duncan City Square – Free
  • Mar 8 6:00pm Community Journalism & The Child Welfare Crisis The Cowichan Discourse – Duncan United Church, 246 Ingram St.
  • Mar 9 International Women’s Day Rally 11:00am 12:30pm Charles Hoey Park – Refreshments provided
  • Mar 10 8:30 The Klez Duncan Showroom, 131 Station Street
  • Mar 10 11:30am Salish Eye Studio Launch & Ay Lelum Fashion show Lunch provided  – Free, but requires Eventbrite registration, available at this page so that they know how many to provide for. 8228-A Chemainus Road, Chemainus
  • Mar 14 6:30pm Film: Union Maids VIRL South Cowichan (Mill Bay) – Free
  • Mar 15 6:30pm Film: A Wive’s Tale – Hoovie.movie/Collective Space 166 Station Street
  • Mar 16 1:00pm Effective Activism – Leadership training – Duncan United Church
  • Mar 18 6:30pm Film: In Between VIU Lecture Theatre, 2011 University Way, Fabulous Films – by Donation
  • Mar 23 9:00pm Blue Moon Marquee Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Ave, Crofton
  • Mar 24 8:30pm The Lynns Duncan Showroom, 131 Station Street, Duncan
  • Mar 26 7:00pm Film: Maria by Callas 2687 James St, Duncan Reel Alternatives
  • Mar 30 5:00pm Duncan Roller Derby season opener Cowichan Exhibition 7380 Trans-Canada Hwy, Duncan, Brass Knuckle Derby Dames

Volunteers welcome

Thank you for visiting. We’re in the third(!) exciting year of organizing events and welcome new members to help this grow.

Organizational skills, website, social media, fundraising, and generally being enthusiastic and positive about the road forward are essential. More on this later.

If you have something to offer not on this list, say what it is and how you think it fits. People with ideas are pure gold.



Five year plan/intention – Written in Feb 2017

March 8th, will be the focal point of a week long festival that will include a rally on the Saturday prior to March 8 (assuming the 8th falls on any other day of the week than Saturday) and a revived potluck that bonds the participants, held at the House of Friendship.

The rest of March would see a variety of institutions programming their regular events around the IWD theme of the year.

This will be led by the IWD committee, which will have a 10 member leadership team, and a minimum 100 women paid membership, of which there would be 30+ activists representing a diverse range of voices.

The specific tasks of the IWD Committee would be to organize a handful of anchor events such as the rally on a Saturday, and a speakers event on March 8, to prepare a brochure/booklet supporting the events related to IWD, and to coordinate advertising and promotion of the events as a whole, as a means of advancing the goals of the IWD theme.

The further role of the IWD Committee would be to provide encouragement to other local institutions to participate by shaping their March programming around the IWD theme, particularly, but not exclusively, in the week surrounding March 8.

We would reach out with the theme of the year, help brainstorm ideas, publish their participation in our well-distributed brochure, in our well-placed ads and media spots, and feature them in our PR.

The IWD Committee will include significant participation from local First Nations, and residents from a wide variety of other backgrounds and interests, bound together in the common purpose of advancing women’s rights and issues. Both leadership and activists will include both elders and youth, and the various events will draw 100s of women from across the region, including from Victoria and Nanaimo, but mostly from the Cowichan Valley.

Events will include everything from the rally advancing locally important women’s issues, to films, book readings, public speakers, sporting events, musical performers, demonstrations of traditional skills and lessons for the same, and non-traditional work job fairs/training sessions.

March 8 would feature a woman speaker of note…whose speech would be not about IWD, but about her important work in some area that matters deeply to our times and to our region.

Performances by significant women artists would be programmed at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre, The Firehouse, the VIRL branches, the USW Heritage Hall, and the Duncan Showroom, as well as other regional spaces such as The Hub and the Farmer’s Institute, readings by women authors at bookstores and the library, films by and/or about powerful women and girls at the Caprice and the library.

The local media would be primed to anticipate the month’s events…it would be already in their annual calendar even before our press releases are sent out.

News and current events

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