Inspiring Women Among Us 2019: Masculinities, Making Space & Moving Foward

Dates: November 12 to 21, 2019
Location: University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George Campus

IWAU features a variety of free events that are open to all genders and that celebrate women’s contributions to Canadian and global societies.

We discuss ways that society can support our female colleagues, friends and family members, as well as other politically marginalized groups and individuals among us.

IWAU was started in 2015 by Dr. Zoë Meletis and Dr. Annie Booth. The event is made possible with the help of an amazing array of volunteers, community partners, and other contributors.


Previous Themes

  • Women, Leadership, and Power (2018)
  • Women, Work, and Allies (2017)
  • Women, Media, and Masks (2016)
  • Women, Science, and Environment (2015)

But I’m Not a Woman…

This event is for you too! While we will be highlighting women and gender, activities will be open to all. We want to explore ways that all of us, men, women, and others, can support women (and other minorities) in academia, arts, media, science, environmental fields, and society.

In the last couple of years, we have also worked hard to support LGBTQ++ events and partnerships, and we help to fund and promote the International Trans Day of Remembrance at UNBC as well. Such efforts have been very well received by those in attendance, and related organizers, speakers, and groups are now contacting us with ideas for events—so please do the same!

We also take pride in the core content that strong Indigenous leaders provide during IWAU (and all of the time), and we know through participant feedback, that IWAU should continue investing in this way. Every year, we try to invite new and interesting Indigenous contributors, and also to work with local elders, performers, and others.


Community Support

For several years now, we have received wide-ranging community support. We have also received funding from various sources including UNBC, the City of Prince George, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. All of this represents support for the topics we address and for the way we invite people from all walks of life to address these topics with us every year.

This event is open to and needs all kinds of community members!