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Celebrating International Women's Day 2023

Celebrating International Women's Day 2023

Wednesday, March 8

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.

As part of the President’s Leadership Lecture Series, UFV held a screening of the critically acclaimed full-length documentary Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age.

Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor

Thank you to everyone who attended the screening of Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age on March 8, 2023.

If you missed the event or would like to rewatch the documentary, you may rent a copy from the UFV library.

Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age

Film screening, Q&A, and reception
March 8, 2023 from 4-7 pm — Abbotsford campus

The documentary directed by Léa Clermont-Dion and Guylaine Maroist explores technology-facilitated gender-based violence, shedding light on the various forms of backlash and online misogyny women commonly experience for simply existing.

After the screening, join a short Q&A with Sundeep Hans, UFV Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Dr. Allyson Jule, Dean of UFV Faculty of Education, Community, and Human Development.

A reception with light refreshments will follow immediately after the closing remarks.

A women sitting in a car at night. Her hand is on her mouth and she looks worried.

Former Vermont State Representative, Kiah Morris — Courtesy: La Ruelle Films


Content warning

This documentary includes images, footage, and conversations on topics that viewers might find distressing, including harassment, stalking, sexual violence, death threats, bullying, hate speech, and suicide. Counsellors will be available on site throughout the event should attendees become distressed by the content.

Guests under 17 years of age — parent/guardian presence is strongly recommended.

If you or someone you know is experiencing cyberviolence or you would like to learn more about the issue, you can find resources on the documentary’s official website.

Event details


Date & time

Wednesday, March 8, 2023


3:45 pm Registration and doors open
4 pm Screening | 80-min film followed by moderated discussion
6 pm Reception


Room B101 (building B)
Abbotsford campus


This event is free and open to everyone, but seating is limited — RSVP early to secure your spot.




Watch the trailer

Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age follows the lives of four women and one man who have been victims of cyberviolence, revealing the impact on their daily lives, their loss of security and confidence, and their refusal to be silenced. While exposing the unrelenting and systematic discrimination against women, the documentary is also a strong call for change.


Learn more about Backlash: Misogyny in the Digital Age and cyberviolence on the documentary's official website.

Meet your post-screening Q&A hosts

Sundeep Hans


Sundeep Hans (she/her) is the inaugural Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of the Fraser Valley, leading the institutional EDI and human rights portfolio.

As a second-generation settler born in Toronto and raised in Brampton, one of Canada’s most diverse cities, she understands the critical importance of intercultural understanding and cross-cultural communication. She has honed these skills for the past 15 years, driving change across complex systems and corporate, including healthcare, education, and non-profit sectors.

She holds a Master’s degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California.

Dr. Allyson Jule


Dr. Allyson Jule has been an educator for over 35 years, teaching English in high schools and colleges in Alberta, Ontario, and BC and at universities in the UK and Canada. Her PhD in Education (2002) is from the University of Roehampton in London, UK. She is the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Community, and Human Development at the University of the Fraser Valley.

In 2008 she established and then co-directed the Gender Studies Institute and Gender Studies Minor program at Trinity Western University where she created safe spaces and engaged dialogue concerning gender and sexuality. Her efforts were recognized in 2012 by the Canadian Association for the Study of Women in Education’s Award.

She was awarded the 3M National Teaching Fellowship in 2016 and was named #14 on the list of the top 100 Influential Women in Education from the Last 10 Years, the only Canadian on the list.

Audrey Ackah


Audrey Ackah is General Counsel for the University of the Fraser Valley. As principal legal officer for the University, Ackah provides strategic legal counsel and advice to the UFV board of governors, president, and senior management on a wide range of legal matters. In her previous role as Legal Counsel and Privacy Officer at the BC School Trustees Association (BCSTA), Ackah provided legal and policy advice to public school boards, school district senior staff, association staff, committees, and the BCSTA board of directors.

She has experience in a variety of areas of law including education, human rights, administrative, contract, labour, information, and privacy law. Prior to her work with the BCSTA, she practised law with the Law Society of British Columbia’s professional conduct department and the law firm of Harris & Company.

She received her law degree from the University of Toronto and her Master of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in the same discipline from the University of BC.

Learn more about 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 International Women's Day website to learn more about #EmbraceEquity, the worldwide theme for IWD 2023.

Visit the official IWD website

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The University of the Fraser Valley is situated in the traditional territory of the Stó:lō peoples. The Stó:lō have an intrinsic relationship with what they refer to as S'olh Temexw (Our Sacred Land); therefore, we express our gratitude and respect for the honour of living and working in this territory.