Ladies Out Loud presents

International Women's Day 2018 

Half the Sky


Come watch a documentary with us and join the conversation.


Ladies TALK Out Loud

Where Women Talk the Talk!


Date: Thursday March 8, 2018


Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM 

Place: Toad & Turtle (private room) Airdrie

(Food specials & beverage available to purchase)


Doors open 6pm

Movie starts 7pm

If you plan on eating, please be in and settled before movie starts.


Tickets: $15 


Limited Space. Buy tickets by clicking the button. This will take you to eventbrite.

International Women's Day 2018

Campaign theme: Press for Progress

With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away - there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women's equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo#TimesUp and more - there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

And while we know that gender parity won't happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day. Plus, there's indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.

So we can't be complacent. Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

International Women's Day is not country, group or organisation specific. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. So together, let's all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let's all Press for Progress.



Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide!

Half the Sky documentary has 6 chapters that are all 40 mins each. We will be showing chapter 3 & 6 only.



Gabrielle Union and Kristof visit Vietnam with former Microsoft marketing executive John Wood, who started Room to Read, an organization which works to promote literacy and equal education for girls across the developing world. In Vietnam women have been traditionally devalued, and many girls are kept at home to tend to household chores while boys continue their education. Duyen, a teenage girl in the Room to Read program, travels 17 miles by bike and boat to get to school from her rural home. Nhi, age 14, is the primary earner in the household, put to work by her father selling lottery tickets seven days a week. Phung, also 14, rises at 3:00 AM to care for her younger brothers and sisters while her father works as a day laborer. But she is going to school, encouraged and supported by her father, because they understand that education is their only way out of poverty.



Economic empowerment is key to turning the tide against poverty, violence, and the oppression of women. When women have money of their own, they invest more than twice as much as men in their families, education, and the future. In Kenya, Olivia Wilde joins Kristof to see firsthand how women entrepreneurs are changing not only their lives but their communities. Ingrid Munro founded Jamii Bora, a microfinancing organization for women; one of Jamii Bora's greatest success stories in Jane Ngori, a former prostitute and single mother of four who is now running a dressmaking business. in Nairobi, they meet Rebecca Lolosoli, the founder of an all-women's village called Umoja, which was established as a haven from rape and violence and sustains itself by creating and selling traditional beaded wares. "One of the best ways that we can deal with all of the abuses that are so troubling against women and girls is through economic empowerment," says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "Unleashing the economic potential of women is a win-win economic strategy."



Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

is a four-hour series shot in 10 countries: Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia and the U.S.


Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book, the documentary series introduces women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable — and fighting bravely to change them.


Traveling with intrepid reporter Nicholas Kristof and A-list celebrity advocates America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde, the film reflects viable and sustainable options for empowerment and offers an actionable blueprint for transformation.

Karen MacDonald: Host

Karen is a certified professional life coach, owner of Three D Coaching and founder of Ladies Out Loud. A Scottish born lass, and resident of Airdrie for 20 years, married for 30 years and mum of two adult children and granny. She loves having fun, dancing, music, and chatting over a cuppa. Karen’s professional and personal life experiences have given her the tools to take on life’s challenges and have instilled a deep passion to empower women to live a life they truly deserve. Karen started her coaching career in 2013 after 11 years working for a local non profit organization, with the last 3 years being in an Executive role, a challenge she was uncertain about at the time but embraced. Her experience working for this non-profit organization and within the community has given her the tools to be a compassionate leader and activist for causes close to her heart.

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