Celebrating International Women's Day 2021!


A global day to honour the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and to rally for gender parity in our communities and around the world.


Join us on March 8 at 12:30pm: #ChoosetoChallenge virtual event


An invitation from UFV President Joanne MacLean

‌"Challenge is why I am especially excited for International Women’s Day. Focusing on the theme of “Let’s All Choose to Challenge,” this year’s event recognizes that challenge can bring awareness and positive change. I hope that you will tune in for an engaging discussion and participate in our interactive social media campaign leading up to the event."




UFV's powerful panelist trio

Jasmin Kaur

Jasmin Kaur is a writer, illustrator, and poet living on unceded Stó:lō territory. Her writing, which explores themes of feminism, womanhood, social justice and love, acts as a means of healing and reclaiming identity. As a spoken word artist and creative writing facilitator, she has toured across North America, the UK and Australia to connect with youth through the power of artistic expression.

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Tsandlia Van Ry

Tsandlia Van Ry is a Stó:lō educator working in her ancestral territory of Ts’elxweyeqw, a part of the greater Stó:lō Nation. She holds a General Studies diploma from Thompson Rivers University; and both a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree and a Bachelor of Education from the University of the Fraser Valley.


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Dr. Jacqueline P. Ashby

Dr. Jacqueline P. Ashby is an environmental researcher and educator intrigued by the transactional relationship between people and place. She has studied this dynamic over the past 14 years resulting in her award-winning dissertation "Designing for the future: A post-occupancy evaluation of the Peter Jones Learning Centre."


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Event moderator: Dr. Carin Bondar

Dr. Carin Bondar is a biologist, author, and philosopher. She is author of the books Wild Sex and Wild Moms (Pegasus, New York). She is writer and host of several online series based on her books, which have garnered over 120 million views. Bondar’s work appears on National Geographic, TED, Animal Planet, Netflix, and The Science Channel. She is an adventurer and explorer, having discovered 11 new species of beetles and snails in the remote jungles of Borneo. Bondar is an adjunct professor of biology at the University of the Fraser Valley, where her work focuses on increasing science literacy in the general public. Bondar lives in Chilliwack, with her four children, two dogs and one cat.


Take the challenge with us!

For International Women’s Day 2021, we’re asking you to create and submit a #ChooseToChallenge video or selfie. Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a more gender-inclusive world.

Strike the Pose and take a #ChooseToChallenge selfie

Download your ChoosetoChallenge Selfie cards

Customize it with a challenge you're passionate about:

  • "I will demand equality for women in sport"
  • "I will support women in tech & innovation"
  • "I will build inclusive workplaces where women thrive"
  • "I will increase visibility of women in creatives"

Share your selfie! Tag #goUFV #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 (& women who inspire you!)

More ways to connect, share, and learn

Learn more International Women's Day

Did you know this initiative began in the United States in 1909? The United Nations officially recognized International's Women Day in 1977. This day is now observed worldwide to recognize women's achievements and acknowledge the challenges they continue to face in the quest for gender equality.


Visit the official IWD site

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