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International Women's Day

Cartoon drawing featuring a diverse group of women

March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD), a global day of recognition celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and raising awareness of the work left to be done.

2022 theme: #BreakTheBias

Every year, a campaign that reflects on the previous years’ progress and the current state of the world is chosen to celebrate IWD. These campaigns are reminders of how much the world has evolved from a state of patriarchy to advancing gender equality. The 2022 #BreaktheBias campaign enforces the need for a gender-equal world free of bias, discrimination, and stereotypes. It promotes the idea of an inclusive, equitable, and diverse setting where everyone’s differences are appreciated and celebrated.

The mission of IWD is to:

  • Inspire women from all backgrounds to be positive change agents and leaders in their respective walks of life.
  • Encourage all folks in the colleges, schools, universities, workplaces, and communities to break the bias in gender inequality.

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On March 8, 2022, the Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inlcusion (OVPECI) hosted the panel discussion #BreakTheBias with Women in Academic Leadership for IWD 2022.

Co-moderators Dr. Anver Saloojee (Interim Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion) and Dr. Jennifer Simpson (Provost and Vice-President, Academic) led the conversation with esteemed panellists about how they are breaking biases and removing barriers as women in academic leadership. The panel included:

  • Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard (Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, Dalhousie University)
  • Dr. Sheila Cote-Meek (Vice-President, Equity, People and Culture, York University) 
  • Dr. Sherene Razack (Distinguished Professor and the Penny Kanner Endowed Chair in Women’s Studies, Department of Gender Studies, University of California at Los Angeles)
  • Dr. Pamela Sugiman (Dean, Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University)

What are you doing to #BreakTheBias in 2022?

How are you going to #BreakTheBias in 2022? We encourage you to share your thoughts, images, videos, resources and articles by using the #IWD2022 #BreakTheBias hashtags.

Tag us @RyersonECI on Twitter, external link to join in the conversation.


If you have any questions, please email Cheryl Lewis (Executive Assistant, Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion) at