International Women's Day

International Womens Day

#EmbraceEquity 2023
The Town of Collingwood has been observing International Women's Day annually on March 8th since 2019, in support of gender equity and to better the lives of women, girls (trans and cis), two spirit, and gender diverse individuals through cultural, legal, economic, and social transformation.
For International Women's Day 2023 and beyond, let's all fully #EmbraceEquity – Equity isn't just a nice-to-have, it's a must-have. A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society's DNA. And it's critical to understand the difference between equity and equality. Read more about this here.
Each of us has the power to support and promote equity in our own communities. We can challenge gender norms, challenge discriminatory behavior, bring attention to bias, and strive for inclusiveness. Real change is driven by collective activism. From local initiatives to global movements, we can all be a part of embracing equity. Achieving gender equity is not just the responsibility of women; allies play a vital role in advancing women's social, economic, cultural, and political rights. Everyone has the potential to make a positive impact. Let's work together to make gender equity a reality.


March 3 - 20

Women in Local History

The exhibit features 12 unique signs celebrating business owners, war-workers, medical professionals, artists, and sports heroes. This project is produced by the Collingwood Museum in partnership with the Sheffield Park Black History and Cultural Museum.

View the Exhibit

Sidewalk exhibit on display between March 3rd and March 20th along Hurontario Street, indoors at the Collingwood Museum, and online.

Collingwood Museum

March 3 - 12

Women Behind Business

Honoring female-led businesses in the downtown area with "Woman Behind the Business Posters" featuring pictures and information about the female entrepreneurs.

meet female leaders

The Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area will be displaying these posters in businesses and available online on the Collingwood Downtown website.

Collingwood Downtown

March 7, 4:30 p.m.

Flag Raising & Proclamation Ceremony

The Town is acknowledging the ongoing issues faced by women, including violence, through its partnership with My Friend's House, a safe haven for abused women and their children.

Raising Awareness

Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste. Marie St.

Support My Friend's House

Community Event


Saturday, March 11th at 11:00am at CrossFit Indestri will bring together a group of women to support, honour and empower one another through fitness.

Book Now

Workout with a group of incredible women and get a sheMVMNT beanie. Admission is $35 and a % will be donated to support My Friends House.

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Community Event

Through Her Eyes

The Press Room Gallery at 65 Simcoe St. is showcasing the "Through Her Eyes" exhibition for the month of March in celebration of International Women's Day.

Sextet of Artists

Featuring the works of six talented female artists: Alison Boyack, Gill Cameron, Deirdre Chase, Anke Lex, Jennifer Johnson, and Cecilia Spihlmann. Exhibition open Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-5pm, from March 2nd to March 30th.

Community Event

Business of Birth Control

In celebration of International Women's Week, Pretty River Red Tent and Bloem Botanicals present a screening of The Business of Birth Control on March 10th, at 7 p.m.

Tickets $20

A documentary by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein examining the complex relationship between hormonal birth control and women’s health and liberation. Viewer discretion is advised.

Tickets & Details

Jully Black posed in knee-high black sequin boots, a black bra, and a black double breasted blazer that is only buttoned at the bottom. The blazer has slipped below her right shoulder, revealing Jully's arm tattoos.

Town of Collingwood


Live Streaming March 8 | 7:00 p.m.

Catch the sold-out event from anywhere with our live stream!


Watch Canada's Queen of R&B Soul, Jully Black, give a stunning keynote and performance, and hear from diverse Canadian changemakers. Enjoy a showcase of music, dance, and poetry from inspiring local artists. Tune in from anywhere to be a part of this unforgettable event. 

Charity Support

This event features a fundraising opportunity to support two incredible organizations. Please consider a donation directly:

  • My Friend's House, a non-profit agency offering support for abused women and children living in the Georgian Triangle of Ontario  My Friend's House
  • Jully Black Family Foundation which is committed to supporting and advancing the education of women between the ages of 17-35 in Ontario by offering financial support via scholarships and bursaries alongside mentorship opportunities Jully Black Family Foundation



  • Sponsors
  • USalon logo
  • Collingwood Downtown BIA
  • Living Water Resorts
  • Living Shore Spa
  • RBC Dominion Securities
  • Turning Point Counselling
  • Baker Tilly
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch 63
  • Devonleigh Homes