Advisories & Releases

New technology, legal reform, feminism 2.0 round out global women's congress

7 July 2011, OTTAWA – On the heels of the release of UN Women’s flagship report, “Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice”, 2000 women from more than 90 countries will use the final day of the largest gathering of women from around the world in Canadian history to name legal reforms and “2.0” strategies as refreshed approaches to advancing women’s equality.

Topics for discussion under the theme of this final day of the global feminist congress – “Breaking Ground” – cover new technology, legal reform, activism 2.0, and the empowerment of girls and families. Read more...

Identities, barriers, sex, & sexuality on tap for day three of global women's congress

6 July 2011, OTTAWA – Intensive programming at Women’s Worlds 2011 today will cover such timely issues as cultural and sexual identities, political spaces, barriers to access, and empowerment of girls and women. The central theme of this third day of the global feminist congress is “Breaking Barriers”.

“So many lines continue to divide us, which is ironic considering how globalization is intended to bring us closer together,” says Caroline Andrew, co-chair of the congress, the 11th in a series which began in 1981. Read more...

Politics, pornography, pay equity on tap for global women's congress

5 July 2011, OTTAWA – Intensive programming at Women’s Worlds 2011 today will cover such timely issues as women in politics, sex trafficking, pornography, and equal pay for equal work. The central theme of this second day of the global feminist congress is “Breaking Ceilings”. Read more...

One thousand to march on Parliament Hill in solidarity with missing and murdered Aboriginal women

4 July 2011, OTTAWA – Participants of the Women's Worlds 2011 congress will march in solidarity with Native Women's Association of Canada and local activists to keep attention on the alarmingly high rates of violence against Aboriginal women and girls in Canada and the lack of effective response to the crisis.  Women’s Worlds 2011 has over 1900 delegates from over 90 countries in Ottawa from July 3 to July 7. Read more...

Day one of global feminist congress centers around "Breaking Cycles" theme

4 July 2011, OTTAWA – To kick off four days of thematic and cultural programming, Women’s Worlds 2011 frames day one around the central theme “Breaking Cycles”.

“We know that as globalization becomes more and more entrenched as the new world order, women around the world are mounting impressive opposition to colonialism, capitalism, imperialism, and inequality,” says Caroline Andrew, co-chair of the global feminist congress, the 11th in a series which began in 1981. Read more...

Sessions by and about Aboriginal and Indigenous women proliferate international women's congress

2 July 2011, OTTAWA - Aboriginal and Indigenous women make up a substantial part of the programming and presenter line-up at Women's Worlds 2011, an international women's congress taking place in Ottawa-Gatineau from 3-7 July.

WW 2011 is an international and interdisciplinary congress that will explore how issues like equality, human rights, economics, labour, education, environment, and development relate to women. Read more...

Congress by the numbers

  • just over 1200 proposals from 92 countries were submitted in response to the "Call for Participation"
  • some 750 people are associated with the over 300 presentations that make up the official (thematic) program
  • of those presenters, 6% are under 24 and 6% are 65+
  • 65 presenters identify as Aboriginal, 31 as women with disabilities
  • the Arts & Culture program includes 10 exhibits and installations, 4 films, 1 play, 3 comedians, and over 40 acts and performers
  • as of 29 June 2011, 1850 people were registered to attend
  • 23% (424) of registered

1600 women set to descend upon Ottawa-Gatineau to dialogue on important global issues

28 June 2011, OTTAWA – From 3-7 July, Canada’s capital becomes a hub for women’s leadership when over 1600 academics, policy-makers, researchers, and activists from around the world will connect and converse at Women’s Worlds 2011 (WW 2011).

WW 2011 is an international and interdisciplinary congress that will explore how issues like equality, human rights, economics, labour, education, environment, and development relate to women. Read more...

Ten youth win WW 2011 young Aboriginal women’s contest

 

For Immediate Release - 11 May 2011

OTTAWA - For works depicting what Aboriginal women's leadership means to them, ten young women have been recognized by the Aboriginal Women's Leadership Circle of Women's Worlds 2011 (WW 2011), a global feminist congress happening in Ottawa-Gatineau from 3-7 July this summer.

More than 100 submissions were received from across the country in the form of essays, films, paintings, and photography. Read more...

New Aboriginal Women's Leadership Circle to advise global women's congress

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa, 21 June 2010 - To provide leadership on the engagement and involvement of Aboriginal and Indigenous women for a major international women's congress, an Aboriginal Women's Leadership Circle has been established.

The 11th instance of "Women's Worlds", an international and interdisciplinary feminist congress, will take place in Ottawa-Gatineau from 3-7 July 2011.
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