Several events are being held throughout the city this week, in recognition of International Women's Day coming up on Wednesday.

The United Nations says International Women's Day is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. The first National Woman's Day was observed in the United States on Feb. 28. The Socialist Party of America designated the day in honour of the 1908 garment workers' strike in New York, where women protested against working conditions.

Jenn Angus, the executive director of Moose Jaw Transition House, says they've partnered with several local businesses this year to offer events throughout the week. Transition House offers shelters and outreach programs for women and children who have experienced interpersonal violence.

"It's so amazing. One of the great things about empowering women is offering different opportunities. Empowerment looks different for different people and so with all of these women-led organizations and these different groups coming together and offering such a wide variety of activities for the week to celebrate, it really means that we can engage women at whatever level they want to be engaged at and empower them in those ways," commented Angus.

The theme this year is Embrace Equity.

Below is a list of events planned throughout the week: 

Mar 8 - Bugsy's Irish Pub will be creating a special menu with prizes being drawn at 7:30 pm. Bugsy’s will be making a donation to the Moose Jaw Transition House portion of sales for the day.

Mar 8 - Strong Studio will be hosting a free dance party at 6:45 pm

Mar 9 - Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery will be hosting a free Indigenous beading class with Jazenta Saultier

Mar 10 - Kims Taekwondo Moose Jaw is hosting a free women's self-defence class with Jenna Ma'am. To register email

Mar 11 - A free yoga for mental wellness session is being hosted at The Light Yoga & Wholeness Studio from 7 pm - 8:15 pm