DISRUPT coming to New West for International Women’s Day

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International Women’s Day: DISRUPT is taking over River Market this Sunday.

The free event features a diverse range of speakers and performers, including: Tonye Aganaba (multidisciplinary artist, musician and arts facilitator); Laura Fukumoto (poet); Karen Ward, (speaker); Filsan Abdiaman, (speaker); Stars of the North, (drumming group); and Emma Cooper (improv).

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“It is a real pleasure to celebrate these incredible speakers and performers on International Women’s Day and to learn from their experience and knowledge,” Trudi Goels, co-organizer of the event, said in a press release. “Too often, women and gender minorities are an afterthought or put on the sidelines. For International Women’s Day 2020, we are showing that diversity deserves centre stage.”

Amina Yassin and Shila Avissa will MC the free, all-ages event, which is taking place on Sunday, March 8 from 2 to 6 p.m. at River Market, 810 Quayside Dr.

“International Women’s Day is a celebration of the work of those who came before us and also a recognition that there is still an incredible amount of work left to do,” Yassin said in the press release. “We need to talk more about the diversity of women and gender minorities and the intersecting issues they face in their communities and workplaces because of race, disability, class, and other factors.”

Along with Yassin and Goels, Coun. Nadine Nakagawa is on the team of volunteer organizers for the event.

“The organizers recognize the unceded territory of the Qayqayt, Katzie, Kwantlen, Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, Tsleil-Wautuh, Stó:lō, Stz’uminus, Kwikwitlem, and other First Nations for whom colonialism has attempted to erase their connection to this land,” said the press release.

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