Planning and coordination

Carleton University and the University of Ottawa are proud to co-host Women’s Worlds 2011 in concert with l’Université du Québec en Outaouais and Saint Paul University. The WW 2011 Steering Committee and sub-committees are comprised of volunteers representing these institutions and related networks. Coordinating efforts are made possible through generous support from Status of Women Canada (a federal government agency), as well as other donors and in-kind support.

Various committees are engaged in the planning of WW 2011. General coordination and execution of committee decisions is undertaken by the WW 2011 Secretariat.

Click on one of the following to view its mandate and list of members:

Steering Committee
Program Committee
Networking Committee
Communications Committee
Fundraising Committee
Culture Committee
Pan-Canadian Advisory Board
Secretariat

Click here for a brief history of Women’s Worlds.

Steering Committee

The steering committee is comprised of the co-chairs of each of the sub-committees, the Women’s Studies chairs from the two primary host universities, representatives from l’Université du Québec en Outaouais and St. Paul University. Its mandate is to oversee all aspects of WW 2011 and serve as final decision-making body.

Members:

Jennie Abell, Caroline Andrew (Co-Chair), Denyse Côté, Virginia Caputo, Pierrette Daviau, Bonnie Diamond, Christina Gabriel, Soraya Hassanali, Ted Jackson, Rianne Mahon (Co-Chair), Lise Martin (Executive Director), Dominique Masson, Kate McInturff, Pauline Rankin, Cristina Rojas, Denise Spitzer, Jill Vickers 

Program Committee

The program committee is mandated to oversee development of the WW 2011 program at the macro level, including plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, daily schedules, and the like. This committee will also ensure that the conference sub-themes are well-developed in the conference material and that the Call for Participation effectively represents the objectives of WW 2011.

Members:

Jihan Abbas, Anu Bose, Alison Faulknor, Soraya Hassanali (Co-chair), Ruby Heap, Cristina Rojas (Co-Chair), Jill Wigle, Beth Woroniuk 

Networking Committee

The networking committee is mandated to ensure that constituencies beyond academia – such as civil society and NGOs – are made aware of WW 2011. This committee will also make recommendations regarding speakers/presenters from beyond academia, ensure that the Call for Participation effectively speaks to NGOs, and play a leadership role in developing the ‘activist’ components of WW 2011. Additionally, this committee will develop guidelines for the disbursement of the Solidarity Fund.

Members:

Denyse Côté, Melissa DeLeary, Heather Gibb, Rachel Gouin, Dawn Harvard, Melissa Haussman, Joanna Kerr, Fran Klodawsky, Lucie Lamarche, Erin Leigh, Andrea Martinez, Dominique Masson (Co-Chair), Odette McCarthy, Kate McInturff (Co-Chair), Collette Parent, Magda Seydegart, Erin Simpson, Karen Takacs, Susan Tanner, Grace Xiu 

Communications Committee

The communications committee is mandated to make WW 2011 known to a strategic set of target audiences and encourage their participation, to promote and effectively explain the conference theme, and convey positive messages about feminism, feminists, and women’s movements. In addition, this committee will ensure WW 2011 maximizes the internet and other new media in advance of, during, and possibly following the event.

Members:

Shulamit Berlevtov, Doris Buss, Kelly Crichton, Thy Dinh, Christina Gabriel (Co-Chair), Michelle Gregus, Michele Healy, Lauren Levesque, Hadeer Nagah, Eileen O'Connor, Pauline Rankin (Co-Chair), Fiona Robinson, Nadina Saint-Amour, Susan Sheane, Anne Taylor 

Fundraising Committee

The fundraising committee is mandated to establish and revise the operating budget and expenditures for WW 2011, develop and implement a fundraising strategy (including philanthropic and sponsorship components), and identify sources of funding for the Solidarity Fund.

Members:

Caroline Andrew, Claudia Chowaniec, Bonnie Diamond (Co-Chair), Nathalie Des Rosiers, Vananja Dhruvarajan, Laketch Dirasse, Alma Estable, Ted Jackson (Co-Chair), Rianne Mahon, Moyra McDill, Kate McInturff, Maria Rasouli, Jill Vickers (Co-Chair), Frances Woolley 

Arts and Culture Committee

The arts and culture committee is mandated to design programming for the opening and closing events, liaise with host city communities and venues on dovetailing events, and ensure that arts and culture are woven throughout the WW program.

Members:

Havelin Anand, Elisabeth Barot, Vanaja Dhruvarajan, Nana Aicha Foumaicha, Gina Gasongi-Simon, Michele Healy, Teresa Healy, Sharon Jeannotte, Duy Ai Kien, Jeanne Laux, Hélène Leone, Fantu Melesse, Hadeer Nagah, Ruth Phillips, Penni Richmond, Alvina Ruprecht, Christabella Sethna, Erika Shea, Pat Smart, Denise Spitzer (Co-Chair), Patty Thille, Marie-Paule Veillette 

Pan-Canadian Advisory Board

The pan-Canadian advisory board (PCAB) is mandated to advise on pre-WW outreach and organizing in Canada, including on the regional networks formed to foster greater participation in WW 2011. In addition to providing input on other aspects of WW planning, as needed, the PCAB will advise on the objectives and program of WW 2011.

Members:

Bonnie Brayton, Rina Arsenault, Andrea Canales, Jodi Proctor, Anne Decter, Cecilia Diocson, Yumi Kotani, Nuzath Leedham, Barbara Legault, Stella Lord, Jessica Notwell, Nancy Peel, Fabienne Pierre-Jacques, Leslie Spillett, Tasha Spillett

Secretariat

WW 2011 Executive Director: Lise Martin
WW 2011 Research Assistant: Christine Hughes (2007 to 2009)

Brief History of Women’s Worlds

The first Women’s Worlds congress was held at Haifa University in December of 1981. It was the first world-wide interdisciplinary gathering to focus on research pertaining to women’s issues and to be open to all interested researchers and activists. Since then, WW has taken place every three years in a different part of the world.
 

YEAR COUNTRY HOST THEME
1981 Israel Haifa University The New Scholarship
1984 Netherlands Gronigen University Strategies and Empowerment
1987 Ireland Trinity College Visions and Revisions
1990 USA Hunter College Realities and Choice
1993 Costa Rica Univ. of San Jose Search, Participation, Change
1996 Australia Univ. of Adelaide Think Global – Act Local
1999 Norway Univ. of Tromso Genderations
2002 Uganda Makerere Univ. Gendered Worlds: Gains and Challenges
2005 Korea Ewha Univ. Embracing the Earth: East-West North-South
2008 Spain Computense Univ. Equality is not a Utopia

 
Ottawa-Gatineau is the location of the 11th Women’s Worlds (WW) in 2011 – the 30th anniversary of the congress. A proposal compiled by volunteers in Canada to host the 2011 event was accepted in Madrid in July 2008. A fundraising strategy, along with some grant money obtained from the Partnership Fund of Status of Women Canada – a government agency – will move this project forward.