Illustration of Virgie Tovar, smiling and wearing glasses and green head wrap, set against a peach background.

International Womxn's Day 2019

International Womxn's Day is a global celebration of the economic, political and social achievements of womxn past, present, and future. The theme of this year’s International Womxn’s Day Event is From Body Positivity to Body Liberation. We will be challenging body norms and celebrating bodies on the margins with a fun afternoon of workshops, activities, art-making, and snacks!

Event Details and Schedule

Wednesday, March 6, Student Community Center Multi-Purpose Room

3-4 pm: Body Wisdom - Authentic Movement. Facilitator: Maia Huang, LMFT. Authentic Movement is a form of collective healing in which participants close their eyes and enter into movement and sound to integrate conscious and unconscious feelings and experiences housed in the body. Compassionate witnessing is a key element of Authentic Movement. Participants listen to each other from a heart-centered, nonjudgmental space, sharing their experiences in dyads and large group discussion. All folx are welcome.

4-4:30 pm: Deconstructing Objectification in Cisgender and Transgender Women. Facilitator: Irena Acic. Through a discussion of self-objectification theory, this workshop outlines the relationship between media images and self-perception. Participants will discuss the research through a critical lens and engage in activities to push back against media objectification.

4:30-5 pm: Using Creativity to Conceptualize Gender Identity: A Womxn and Gender Non Conforming Trans Centered Workshop. Facilitator: Abbey Dunham. This workshop uses art as a way to conceptualize and process femme and gender non-conforming identity. The majority of the workshop time will be spent creating with the materials provided and sharing with the group, with the goal of creating community through introspective creativity and unconditional support.

4:30-6 pm: Tabling and Snacks

  • Build Your Own Femme Kit, presented by the UC Davis LGBTQIA+ Resource Center
  • Creative Circles: Jewelry Sculpting
  • Body liberation book display and discussion prompts
  • Refreshments

6pm: Keynote with Virgie Tovar: Lose Hate Not Weight: An Intersectional Feminist Approach to Diet Culture

About Our Keynote

Virgie Tovar is an author, activist and one of the nation's leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the founder of Babecamp, a 4-week online course designed to help women who are ready to break up with diet culture. She started the hashtag campaign #LoseHateNotWeight and in 2018 gave a TedX talk on the origins of the campaign. She is a contributor for Forbes and pens a weekly column called Take the Cake on Tovar edited the anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012) and The Feminist Press published her manifesto, You Have the Right to Remain Fat (August 2018). Her new book, FLAWLESS: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color, comes out in March 2020 from New Harbinger.