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International Women's Day 2008

Conference Information

The International Women's Day 2008 Theme is "Putting Women's Equality Back on Track".

Keynote Address:  Glenise Levendal

Glenise Levendal is the Oxfam Canada Regional Program Officer for Women’s Right and Gender Equality, based in South Africa. Glenise formerly worked at the Gender Advocacy Programme (GAP) in Cape Town where she has been Coordinator of ‘The Local Government and Gender Programme’.  Previously, Glenise was the coordinator of the Women's and Gender Studies Programme at University of Western Cape (UWC) where she also lectured. Before that, she worked for the Black Sash as a paralegal on issues of domestic violence and rape, labour law, and social security. Glenise has a Masters Degree in Women's and Gender Studies from UWC where her thesis focused on the experiences and perceptions of men who have undergone gender training.

Special Considerations

This is a Barrier Free conference. Please identify specific requests with your registration.

American Sign Language will be provided for the plenary and for the workshops on request.

It is very important that you indicate your requirement on your registration.

To accommodate participants with environmental sensitivities, please remember that this is a smoke-free and scent-free environment

For further details: No Scents Please

Registration Information


Registration can be done through your worksite coordinator or using the On-line Registration.  


Registration Timeline:  Wednesday, February 6 to Friday, February 15, 2008.


Registration Fee


In lieu of a registration fee, we are collecting donations for the Halifax Assistance Fund.


Originally named the Halifax Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor, the organization was founded in 1866 to provide relief for growing numbers of unemployed war veterans who returned to Halifax in the mid-1860's from the Crimean War, Indian Mutiny, and the US Civil War.  The fund has evolved with changing times.  Today, the major programs are Food for Thought and Bare Necessities. Since 1970, the fund has spent more than $1.5 million on the Food for Thought Program. This nutritional support effort now reaches over 4,500 school children in HRM each day.  The Basic Necessities Program provides support for students and families challenged to cover the cost of medication, dental services, eye care or other necessities.  We are proud to support the Halifax Assistance Fund as our charity of choice for 2008.


More information may be found on their website at http://halifaxassistancefund.org/. Your contribution is appreciated.




Information booths from various organizations will be on display.  They may offer items for sale.  For more information visit:  IWD Exhibitors


Lunch Options: 


Holiday Inn Harbourview has a beautifully renovated dining area and is offering a buffet lunch on the conference day. Lunch tickets will be available to purchase during the course of the morning. The same menu and price will be available in the downstairs restaurant to accommodate overflow from the second floor dining room. The cost of the lunch TBD (taxes included). Alternatively, inside the hotel is Quickie's Coffee Shop and there are a number of eating establishments in the vicinity of the hotel, i.e. Tim Horton’s, McDonald’s, Subway, and Down Town Pizza.


Public Transportation & Parking:


Free parking is available at the hotel.  A major Metro Transit stop at the Bridge Terminal is located across the street from the hotel. Workshops for this event are being held at the Holiday Inn Harbourview and the Dartmouth Sportsplex.