Women continue to face barriers when seeking leadership roles, especially those belonging to underrepresented groups -- this year's International Women's Day is bringing awareness to just that. 

Inspiring inclusion is the theme for the global day falling on March 8, encouraging humans everywhere to celebrate diversity and empowerment.

There are several events happening around the southwest that pose the perfect opportunities to celebrate, support, and empower women.

Women's Lunch Day

The Swift Current Museum is inviting women in the southwest to enjoy a meal and talk from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. today. Carrie Voysey is the guest speaker and will recount her experiences as a passionate educator and manager at Great Plains College. Lunch is free, and admission for the talk is by donation to the museum. 


Friends, family and community members are gathering at the Maple Creek Armoury this evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., to enjoy each other's company and celebrate International Women’s Day. The event is an opportunity for women and girls in the southwest to share experiences and build a network of support.

International Women's Day Celebration

Lucky Charlie's Pub and Pool and the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre have partnered up to put on a big celebratory night for women in the southwest. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., the lounge will have free appetizers, karaoke, guest speakers, door prizes, and more. 

Step into Spring Sip and Shop

The Swift Current Ag and Ex is once again hosting its annual tradeshow this evening with food and beverage samples, live entertainment, door prizes and more. This year, the Lyric Theatre is bringing in some local talents to set the tone with some great tunes. Southwest women who can be found performing tonight include Laureen Kress with SouthWind, Maria Lewans, Denise Wall, Jess Rouleau with her husband Dustin Olmsted, and Eliza Mary Doyle.  

Join in on the International Women's Day celebrations and help support and advance women in the southwest.