In honour of International Women's Day

Celebrating Women’s Day

Locals screen Pray the Devil Back to Hell at the St. James Anglican church.

A crowd gathered at the St. James Anglican church to watch Pray the Devil Back to Hell, the story of a group of Liberian  women who came together in the late 1990’s, to oust dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a bloody civil war, in honour of International Women’s Day on March 8.

Pauline Mahoney, who organized the event, found out about the film after reading Sally Armstrong’s The Ascent of Women, which touches on the subject.

“I thought these women were so courageous and they needed to be celebrated,” Mahoney said.

“I was so moved that I immediately ran to the computer to look up the film and see how I could get a copy so I could share it with people,” Mahoney told the audience.

Since then she has shown it a half-dozen times in Smithers, at places like the library and Smithers Secondary School.

The film details the experience of a group of Muslim and Christian women who used non-violence to advocate for change.

For Mahoney, their courage inspired her to do more for her community.

“I asked myself, what is it that I can contribute?”

She hopes others will do the same.

“Everyone responds differently to something like that and I hope it will get people thinking about how comfortable our lives are over here and what they could do to reach out to their neighbour.”

The film illustrated the power women have, despite the oppression they face around the world, and International Women’s Day provided the perfect  backdrop to discuss the issue.

“It’s a day to think about how women are doing.

“It’s a day to celebrate who we are and ask how we can become more equal players in our society.”

After the event, attendees participated in a discussion about some of the issues in the film and ways they can help foster change.


Just Posted

Freezing rain warning issued for central Interior Remembrance Day

Highway alerts in place for Begbie Summitt and Pine Pass

BCTF rejects mediator’s recommendations for settlement

Negotiations between B.C. teachers and the province will continue

Telkwa’s Ken and Susan Salter win $20 million Lotto prize

The couple plans to stay in the village

Unist-ot’en supporter arrested for denying contractor access to pipeline site

The unidentified 29-year-old woman was later released without being charged

Faculty at Terrace UNBC campus join strike after failed negotiations

Unfair working conditions required job action demonstration, protesters say

VIDEO: Hong Kong police shoot protester, man set on fire

It was the second protester shot since the demonstrations began in early June

Terrace RCMP investigating suspicious death of a man in Thornhill

Kamloops resident was found unresponsive early Sunday morning, died hours later

Sportsnet fires Don Cherry after negative comments about immigrants

Don Cherry had said immigrants don’t wear poppies like other Canadians do

Trudeau’s new cabinet: Gender parity because it’s 2019? Or due to competence?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will soon appoint his new cabinet

Canada among three G20 countries least likely to hit emissions targets

It says Canada, South Korea and Australia are the farthest off

Conservatives’ Scheer wants Trudeau to open Parliament Nov. 25

That’s five days after Justin Trudeau is scheduled to swear in a new cabinet

Last remaining Centurion tank from the Korean War makes its journey ‘home’ to B.C.

Tank arrives in B.C. the day before Remembrance Day after a more than 4,500-kilometre transfer

‘Your vehicle burns a lot of fuel:’ Victoria drivers wake up to angry notes

‘This handbill was left on your vehicle because your vehicle burns a lot of fuel,’ notes read

Canadians mark Remembrance Day this morning

This year exactly 101 years to the day after the end of the First World War

Most Read