A local Persian dance group will mark International Women’s Day by holding a Dance for Freedom in front the Iranian Embassy on Metcalfe Street this afternoon to protest the current regime’s oppression of women.

The dance is just one of a number of events taking place across the city to mark the day.

This morning Coun. Diane Deans is hosting her 12th annual breakfast to celebrate women in Ottawa. The event will feature a speech from local adventurer Meagan McGrath, who recently became the first Canadian to ski solo to the South Pole.

Mayoral candidate Jim Watson, meanwhile, is hosting a breakfast at the Monterey Inn to support the Cornerstone Capital Campaign to raise funds for their new housing project for women.

Meanwhile, at city hall, Crime Prevention Ottawa is presenting a speakers series to discuss violence against aboriginal women, featuring Sisters in Spirit national director Kate Rexe.

This evening, the National Archives will host an event called “I’m still not a feminist, but ...” Two improv groups will discuss women’s issues in a funny and engaging way. The event will feature the second annual Femmy Awards, which recognizes women’s activists in the National Capital Region.