The event open to all, members and non-members, is sold out. The setting is exquisite, an Edwardian mansion built in 1911 in Shaughnessy neighbourhood in Vancouver filled with immaculate time period furniture, dozens of unique rooms, and vistas across Vancouver. The manicured grounds are as elegant as they are expansive with giant Douglas Fir trees and century old gardens.
The University Women’s Club of Vancouver at Hycroft has been owned and operated by Vancouver women since 1962 when it was purchased then restored to its former grandeur after hosting the Who’s Who during the 1920s and 30s and beyond then laying vacant for two years. In 1974 the Club was given an award of merit from the Vancouver Historical Society for their historical and architectural preservation.
Every year the club hosts an International Women’s Day Celebration, an event honouring women who take great strides to improve important aspects the world. As a former member of UWCV at Hycroft, I know the high esteem with which the house is cared for, the members are elevated and each event is held. Wonderful decor, glamorous lighting, gourmet food trays, impeccable service, polished manners tailor this wonderful meeting place as a well-appointed refuge for intelligent Vancouver female movers and shakers.
This year UWCV will host a panel discussion entitled Refugee Women, Living The Story: Information, Insights & Inspiration. A variety of women will speak about the reality that faces those who become refugees as a result of global violence and conflict, acknowledging that the World Health Organization has stated that ‘gender based inequity is usually exacerbated during situations of extreme violence.’ Generations of women know this to be true so the UWCV is doing its part to support and make visible organizations, people and systems that can help those in need during this type of crisis.
Interestingly, it is noted that women rarely instigate such conflicts and yet are disproportionally affected by them, such as the current Syrian refugee crisis illustrates. This year’s event and speakers will share stories that will move and inspire you to be thankful that in Canada we have such places as Hycroft to discuss matters that affect women so that we can strengthen and unify our energy to balance and eliminate further abuse and misuse of power.
Remember to celebrate International Women’s Day happening on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, in your own life, in your own way, further elevating the movement to bring peace to our beloved planet Mother Earth. Because It Matters.