On March 7th, Island Women Against Violence Society (IWAV) and SWOVA are joining forces again to celebrate International Women’s Day, by hosting a screening of the inspiring film ‘RBG’.

“RBG” chronicles the career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. At 85, Ruth Bader Ginsburg has reached the pinnacle of her male-dominated profession, establishing an impressive legal legacy and becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But her personal journey to the Supreme Court has been largely unknown – until now. This Oscar-nominated exploration of the exceptional life and career of this diminutive, indefatigable warrior is an essential companion piece to Mimi Leder’s recent narrative film On the Basis of Sex. What emerges is a revelatory portrait of a fiercely intelligent champion for decency, civil rights and gender equality. The film is the winner of multiple festival awards and has been named 2018 Best Documentary by the National Board of Review.

“The screening of the film about “Lady Justice” Ruth Bader Ginsberg seemed a fitting choice given this year’s International Women’s Day 2019 theme of “Balance for Better”, says Janine Fernandes-Hayden, SWOVA’s acting Executive Director.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights. While it began as predominantly a day celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries, started in 1909, International Women’s Day was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations as a day to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations while calling for gender equity.

This year’s IWD campaign emphasizes that collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key. Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in the trades. Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive. A gender-balanced world begins with noticing when it is absent and celebrating its presence. “Indeed, throughout history and in current day, women have led intentional action to illuminate inequality and correct imbalance. Whether through epic, well-documented action or through humble opposition that never made it into the history books, women (and men) have fought for equality. IWD is a time to reflect, to celebrate and acknowledge the actions and achievements – big, small, documented or never-spoken; all the ways women have promoted change”, says Dana Ypma, IWAV’s Executive Director.

The screening of “RGB” will be held on March 7 at Mahon Hall. Doors open at 6:00, film at 7 pm. The film will be followed by a panel discussion and dialogue where we will hear Salt Spring community women share their own inspiring stories of facing and confronting gender imbalance in their lives and careers. Tickets at the door with a $10 suggested donation. Your favorite Theatre treats for sale. For more information please contact SWOVA at 250-537-1336 (executivedirector@swova.org) or IWAV at 250-537-9194 (executivedirector@iwav.org).