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On January 21, 2017, tens of thousands of Canadians took to the streets from coast to coast, and in Washington, D.C., joining together to defend women’s equality and other causes. For Women's March Canada, these causes relate to a unifying framework called H.E.R.S., that spells out the women’s rights priorities of: Health, Economic Security, Representation, and Safety:

  • Health — Healthcare is the foundation of women’s well-being and economic stability. Women’s March Canada advocates for access to affordable and inclusive women’s healthcare regardless of nationality, age, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability.
  • Economic Security — Women are powerful drivers of economic growth, and their economic empowerment benefits all nations. Women’s March Global supports the dismantling of economic barriers that obstruct women’s full and equal access to local, national, and global economic systems.
  • Representation — Women are under-represented across Canada, adversely affecting our collective health, safety, and economic security. Women’s March Canada seeks fair and just representation of women locally, nationally, as well as internationally with Women's March Global.
  • Safety — Every woman has the need and right to feel physically secure, and security for women should be assured through sound legal practices. Women’s March Canada stands behind the principle that women are not to be held accountable for actions that are outside their control — particularly regarding all forms of assault — and that fair legal action must be applied to prevent these crimes.”

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We encourage women's groups from across Canada to list their upcoming events related to women's health, economic security, representation, and safety.

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  • Documentary: Backpack Full of Cash

    • Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    • GLOBE CINEMA in calgary, AB, Canada
    • $10.00 CAD
    Backpack Full of Cash – CANADIAN Premiere Screening
    SOS Alberta in collaboration with AFL, has been working hard to bring you this amazing documentary, produced by two fabulous women.  SOS AB will be presenting the Canadian premiere of the award-winning documentary film Backpack Full of Cash Calgary (May 25), Edmonton (May 27), Lethbridge (May28) and Red Deer(June 1).  Narrated by Matt Damon, this feature-length documentary explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Nashville and other cities. It takes viewers through the tumultuous 2013-14 school year, exposing the world of education “reform” where public education – starved of resources – hangs in the balance. ​The producers of the film, Sarah Mondale and Vera Aronow will attend and be part of the discussions after the Calgary screening. Local participants will join discussion panels in other locations.
    Trailer available here:  https://vimeo.com/189823117
  • Lean In Lunch May: Unconscious Bias Discussion

    We're moving our monthly Lean In KW Circles to lunches, provided by Communitech, on the fourth Friday of every second month!

    This month's speaker: 

    Lyndia Stacey, B.Eng.
    Outreach Coordinator
    University of Waterloo

    Our topic this month: "Unconscious Bias"

    An unconscious bias – including gender bias – is an ingrained belief

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  • PLEASE REGISTER AT https://mhduw2017.eventbrite.com to obtain your ticket. RSVP-ing here does not secure you a spot at the event. 

    Be part of a global advocacy platform and the FIRST ever Menstrual Hygiene Day on UW campus. Join us for a day of fun and discussion to raise awareness of the period stigma and recognize the importance of menstruation in women's health. This year, the theme of International Menstrual Hygiene Day is “Education”. At the University of Waterloo in partnership with HeForShe, our aim is to empower everyone through education to draw attention to the extent of the period stigma and lack of menstrual hygiene around the world.

     At Menstrual Hygiene Day at UW, engage and learn about the importance of menstruation in women's health from a diverse panel featuring:

    -Amanda Jenkins, PhD Candidate in Applied Psychology at the University of Guelph

    -Sabrina Rubli, co-Founder and Executive Director of Canadian NGO Femme International

    -Elizabeth Onyango, PhD Candidate in Geography at the University of Waterloo and Queen Elizabeth Scholar

    -Dr. Susan Elliott, Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo 

    Panel starts at 2:00 pm EST. 

    Faculty, staff, students, and the community are all welcome to attend.

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  • WORLD PREMIERE - "WE THE WOMEN"

    On January 20th 54 women boarded a bus from Union station to the Women's March on Washington with SOULO artistic director Tracey Erin Smith at the helm. This is the show they've created about that magical day and the powerful stories behind the women who made the journey. This is a World Premiere that includes interrpretive ballet, boxing, random acts of kindness and a grandmother on the ukulele.  #WeTheWomen

    Created by and Starring:

    Precious Chong

    Lois Hayes

    Sarah Murphy-Dyson

    Grace Kaya

    Tonjha Richardson

    Janice Turner

    Jodi Pape

    Savoy Howe

    Marina Maye Gwynne

    Conceived & Directed by:  Tracey Erin Smith

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  • 5th Annual Count Me In! March

    On Thursday June 8, 2017, join us in celebrating a community where everyone belongs.

    5th Annual Count Me In March - A Disability Pride Event

    Family-friendly activities, inspirational speakers, entertainment, snacks and refreshments, and a community march.

    Join Sam the dancing baristaRyan's "Start Living Acceptance" Initiative Ryan McTavishKW Glee's Hit Parade and more in celebrating a community where everyone belongs. March to the beat of Gerima Harvey, and hear what we're doing for inclusion right here in Waterloo Region from Sarah Bacon and Jeff Heer, as well as the Buddy Choir! 

    Have your face painted by Busy Bees Parties, snap fun pictures inFlashpoint Photobooth, and have a caricature sketched by Jordan Comely.

    Enjoy tasty snacks from The BerlinDouble Double Pizza & Chicken,Queen Street Commons CaféR'chyees Frozen YogurtUnity BakingJ&P Grocery and Martin's Apples. 


    The event kicks off at 5pm, with a community March that will start and end at Kitchener City Hall (200 King St. W., Kitchener). Parking is available for free, thanks to Armitage Technology Group, below City Hall (off of Young St.).  


     

    With support from: Extend-A-Family Waterloo RegionDowntown Kitchener BIASorbaraLaw | Sorbara, Schumacher, McCann LLPFaisal Susiwala - Remax, TriCities Realty Inc., Armitage Technology Group Inc., Wentworth Financial, R'chyees Frozen YogurtFlashpoint Photobooth,Community Living Toronto, and Martin's Family Fruit Farm

    For full event details and to join the discussion, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/102581236932712/

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  • Can't Keep Quiet: Songs for a Better World (Woman to Woman Concert)

    The Woman to Woman Choir is a community based, feminist choir,

    rehearsing and performing in Waterloo Region and Guelph.

    Named after the powerful feminist anthem by Carolyn McDade

    which says in part, “No woman is required to build the world by

    destroying herself,” we believe in social justice issues. This is

    apparent in our choice of music, and advocacy efforts. Through our

    songs we honour women’s lives, tell our stories, and tell the stories

    of our sisters here and throughout the world.

    The Choir includes women of all ages, from a wide diversity of

    backgrounds, occupations, and experiences. Our commonality is

    our love of song; it is our vehicle for discovering our own strengths

    and delighting in what we can accomplish collectively.

  • Lean In KW Connects

    A non-agenda get-together for Lean In KW members for coffee or after work drinks to get to know one another better.

    We'll schedule a get-together at a fun local place during the second week of each month.

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  • Podcast Discussion: Burnout

    • Monday, June 19, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    • Private home in Kitchener, ON, Canada

    Anyone can burn out at work, but women seem to be doing it faster and younger than men. In this podcast, Ashley Milne-Tait takes a closer look at what leads to burnout and how to prevent it in the first place. Guests are career and burnout coach Dana Campbell and journalist and former BuzzFeed News editor Stacy-Marie Ishmael.

    http://www.thebroadexperience.com/listen/2016/11/28/episode-96-burnout

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  • An Evening of LIGHT: Stories of Humanity

    • Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    • Open Sesame in Kitchener, ON, Canada
    • $30.00 CAD

    4 women, of 4 different generations, sharing real life stories combined with beautiful live music. That's the LIGHT Stories: inspired by The Moth, in NYC, described as "The Vagina Monologues meets TED Talks" - an evening of beauty and awakening celebrating women everywhere. 

    Purchase your tickets to this evening of LIGHT: Stories of Humanity today and be sure to get a ticket for a friend!

    L.I.G.H.T. is an acronym for Love, Integrity, Guidance, Humanity, and Trust, which was developed by Carolina Miranda during her Masters of Education, based on The Ethics of Care. Each one of our evenings uses one of these words as a theme for the stories being told, except for Love. We believe that Love is always present, in the sharing and listening of the LIGHT Stories. It’s undeniable that our world is in much need of LIGHT, so we decided to bring it to you in this format.

    Our Humanity Evening illuminates female sexuality in a more holistic sense and caring way. Feminine Harbor creates a safe space for women to narrate their experiences while promoting female voice and leadership. We are a non-profit, multi-disciplinary, multi-media, and inclusive organization. Our goal is to empower women by shedding L.I.G.H.T. onto their narratives, adding their voices and experiences to our shared collective narrative.

    We are storytellers, artists, daughters, sisters, mothers, and grandmothers coming together. Men are also always welcome at our events. We respect anyone who cares to listen to our stories, because they are also, in essence, your story.

    In L.I.G.H.T.

    Sara Bingham, Nikita Larter,

    Carolina Miranda and Selina Vesely

     

    DISCLAIMER:

    By attending to Feminine Harbor events you agree to be filmed and photographed by our media crew. Thank you.

    Our events are PG-13

     

    WHAT THEY ARE SAYING:

    "One of Kitchener’s best initiatives, in fact, I would say, one of the best Feminist productions I have ever seen." - Joseph Gaspar

    “I never dreamed that I would be a part of such an amazing network. Coming from a dot in the world, this has opened my eyes in so many ways. I hope that others can experience that too." - Alyssa Holder

    "Something about Feminine Harbor has always felt so welcoming. I think what's happening is so beautiful and so important." - Emma Ritcher-Ryan

    "Listening to you and the other LIGHT series speakers share their stories has been truly inspiring!" - Melanie Van Alphen

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  • Lean In Circle June: HeForShe

    • Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 01:00 PM
    • Communitech Hub in Kitchener, ON, Canada

    This month's topic: "HeForShe"

    HeForShe (often referred to as He for She) is a solidarity campaign for the advancement of women initiated by UN Women. Its goal is to engage men and boys as agents of change by encouraging them to take action against negative inequalities faced by women and girls.

    We'll be meeting at Communitech, room TBA! See you there!

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