gender equity

Bay Ward International Women’s Day Panel

Text reads "International Women's Day Panel, hosted by Councillor Theresa Kavanagh" on the top. To the left, text reads "Meet our emcee, Suzanne Obiorah" and to the right, text reads "Our panelists: Barbara Dumont-Hill, Fae Johnstone, Simone Godbout, Salwen Kayembe." At the bottom left corner, text reads "Together we can all break the bias on International Women's Day and beyond. #BreakTheBias." Next to each name is a colour photograph of the individual.
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Event date: 
8 Mar 2022 - 7:00pm


On March 8 2022 from 7 to 8:30 pm Councillor Kavanagh will again host a virtual meeting with an emcee and 4 special panelists.

Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

We can break the bias in our communities.

We can break the bias in our workplaces.

We can break the bias in our schools, colleges and universities.

Together, we can all break the bias – on International Women’s Day (IWD) and beyond.

Meet our Emcee

Suzanne Obiorah 

Title: City of Ottawa Director, Gender, Race Equity, Inclusion, Indigenous Relations and Social Development 

Suzanne is the Director of Ottawa’s first Gender and Race Equity, Inclusion, Indigenous Relations and Social Development service. Under Suzanne’s leadership, her team is working on strategic plans to embed the principles of inclusion and accessibility across the work of all city departments. Suzanne has worked in a variety of health and social services settings for nearly 19 years. Throughout her career, she has championed equity work within our community.

Meet our Panelists

Barbara Dumont-Hill

Title: Grandmother Barbara

Barbara Dumont-Hill is Algonquin Anishabeg from the Kitigan Zibi Community in Quebec. She has served for several years as a spirit keeper for Carleton University, Algonquin College, the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa. She travelled across Canada as an advisor with the Canadian Department of Justice to witness the Missing and Murdered Women and Girls National Inquiry. Barbara’s wok has inspired her path to honour and empower Indigenous women and youth. Barbara Lives in Bay Ward.

Fae Johnstone 

Title: Executive Director, Wisdom2Action

Fae Johnstone (she/they) is a trans-feminist activist and the Executive Director of Wisdom2Action, a social enterprise and consulting firm working with nonprofits and governments across the Canada to advance 2SLGBTQ+ inclusion, improve mental health services, and combat gender-based violence. 

Salwen Kayembe 

Title: Intern, Bay Ward City Councilor’s Office

Salwen Kayembe is a student at the University of Ottawa currently working as an intern for Councillor Kavanagh at City Hall. Salwen grew up in Bay Ward, as the second of four children in an Ottawa Community Housing neighbourhood. She aspires to raise awareness of racial injustices, to help eliminate bias, and to empower Black women in reaching their full potential.

Simone Godbout

Title: Founder, Marlow, and SheBoot’s Crowd Favorite Winner 

Simone Godbout is the co-winner of the Crowd Favourite Award in the 2021 Invest Ottawa SheBoot Program. The award recognizes their new local business, Marlow, which produces environmentally conscious menstrual products, and seeks to encourage healthy conversations about menstrual and sexual health.

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Journée des droits des femmes avec les porte-paroles en matière de condition féminine

Text reads "Journée internationale des droits des femmes" on top, next to a visual illustration of three persons—one wearing a hijab, one with black long hair and one with shorter, light colour hair. In the middle, text reads "Myriam Lapointe-Gagnon s'entretient avec Manon Massé, Issabelle Melançon, Méganne Perry Mélançon. 8 mars 2022, 20h, gratuit." Three colour photographs of the speakers are featured on a purple background.
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Event date: 
8 Mar 2022 - 8:00pm


Pour souligner la journée internationale des droits des femmes, Ma place au travail a rassemblé les trois porte-paroles en matière de condition féminine autour d’une table ronde virtuelle pour mettre la lumière sur des enjeux importants de la réalité des femmes québécoises.

Mardi, le 8 mars, à 20h, connectez-vous avec nous pour être témoin d’un échange autour de thèmes qui traversent les lignes de partis. Myriam Lapointe-Gagnon, porte-parole et présidente de Ma place au travail, s’entretient avec Manon Massé (Québec Solidaire), Isabelle Melançon (Parti Libéral Québécois) et Méganne Perry Mélançon (Parti Québécois).

Un rendez-vous à ne pas manquer et une parfaite occasion de réfléchir et de rêver à une société où l’égalité des genres est au centre des préoccupations.

Au plaisir de vous y voir! En tout cas, nous, on a très hâte !

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Toronto International Women’s Day 2022 virtual rally: People and planet over profit

Text reads “International Women’s Day 2022. People and planet over profit: Revolutionary love for all” on the top. The background behind the text is a colour photograph of two human hands holding a radiant Earth like object and a dove flying in the sky. On the bottom left corner, text in a teal coloured circle reads “Toronto virtual rally, Saturday, March 5, 2022 @1:00PM EST.” On the bottom right corner, text reads “Streaming at Facebook:, YouTube:
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Event date: 
5 Mar 2022 - 1:00pm


People & Planet Over Profit: Revolutionary Love for All

International Women’s Day Toronto Virtual Rally 2022

Join us Saturday as we celebrate this important day in gender justice and the activism of women, non-binary and gender diverse people.

We look forward to gathering with you all virtually and celebrating this important day in gender justice.

Organized by Women Working with Immigrant Women and the IWD Toronto Organizing Committee

Funded by CUPE Ontario, Ontario Federation of Labour, SEIU, Society of United Professionals, Unifor, USW

ASL interpretation available.

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The U.S. care infrastructure: From promise to reality

Text reads "U.S. Care Infrastructure: From Promise to Reality. March 4th & 5th, 2022" at the top and "A conference presented by Institute for Women’s Policy Research, American University Program on Gender Analysis in Economics & Carework Network" at the bottom left corner. Behind the text is a colour photograph of a person with long, black hair and a baby. The person is smiling, looking at a laptop screen and holding the hand of a baby. The baby is lying down with the eyes closed.
Washington , DC
Event date: 
4 Mar 2022 - 11:00am to 5 Mar 2022 - 2:00pm

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The US Care Infrastructure: From Promise to Reality

March 4-5, 2022 | Remote & In-Person

President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda has set ambitious goals for the US care infrastructure. This important conference will convene academics, policy researchers, advocates, and policymakers to explore critical issues and policy proposals for the care industry, including paid family and medical leave, care for older adults and people with disabilities, child care issues, and racial/equity issues in the industry. We’ll discuss issues facing individual care workers as well as the broader economics of the care infrastructure in the United States post-COVID-19. The conference will serve as a space to collectively assess and push policy development and research on care in the United States, drawing on international experiences and examples.

Workshop IV: Building the Child Care Infrastructure: State-Level Challenges

This panel highlights the impact of (lack of access) to child care on gender and racial equity and brings together academic researchers and child care advocates to discuss the implications of existing policy proposals and programs (e.g. the Child Tax Credit, universal Pre-K, and capping child care costs) to support parents across states. This panel brings together child care advocates from conservative and liberal states to address challenges to implementing parent-friendly policies and strategies to overcome them.

  • Impact of child care supports on lifetime earnings
  • State by state impacts of expanded child care benefits
  • State-level challenges to a quality child care for all agenda

Moderator: Georgia Poyatzis (Institute for Women’s Policy Research and American University)

Speakers: Robert Hartley (Columbia University), Alycia Hardy (Center for Law and Social Policy), Elliot Haspel (Robins Foundation), Shannon Jones (Groundwork Ohio)

Workshop VI: Expanding Child Care Beyond Usual Hours: Employers, Unions, and Government

This panel will ask what role employers and unions can play in expanding child care provisions, particularly beyond usual center care hours, and will examine the role of in-home child care in providing access to care, and efforts to ensure that care providers are properly funded and rewarded.

  • The role of employers in providing care during non-standard hours (e.g. Military daycare)
  • The role of unions in expanding child care supports (e.g. 1199SEIU Child care fund; Boston Building trades)
  • In-home child care in federal and state policy
  • International experiences with mandating workplace child care support from employers

Moderator: Ariane Hegewisch (Institute for Women’s Policy Research)

Speakers: Eiko Strader (George Washington University), Debra King (National Domestic Workers Alliance), Becky Levin (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees), Liz Skidmore (North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters)
Commentators: Alexandra Patterson (Home Grown Childcare), Jaya Chatterjee (Common Cause)

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