Other Programming

GREAT EXPECTATIONS: a 50-year retrospective on oral contraception

Keynote speaker: Carl Djerassi, Ph.D., Stanford University

3 July 2011 - 8:30am-4:30pm
Room 4101, Desmarais Building, 55 Laurier Avenue East, University of Ottawa

This symposium will explore the impact of the pill over the last 50 years and will examine several aspects of that impact. Given its powerful impact, this symposium is a wonderful opportunity to chronicle and examine the place of the birth control pill in Canadian society then and now. The symposium features keynote speaker, Dr. Carl Djerassi whose research led to the development of the birth control pill. It also features a roundtable of historians doing research on the history of oral contraception in Canada, the United States and Britain, as well as doctors, medical residents, lawyers and activists dealing with issues of contraception, reproductive rights and access.

For further information, click here.

Great Expectations Program

To register: thepill2011@gmail.com

CALL TO ACTION: Solidarity March in Support of Missing & Murdered Aboriginal Women

Invitation to NGOs, labour unions, community groups, and ALL SUPPORTERS

When: Tuesday, 5 July 2011

11:30 am outside the Ottawa Convention Centre (55 Colonel By) to walk to Parliament Hill

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.

Initiated in 2005 by the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC), the Sisters in Spirit campaign began out of grave concerns for the large number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls (over 582 missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls). Since then, NWAC continues to work to address these issues.

Please join congress participants, activists, and community members at 11:30 am on Tuesday, 5 July outside the Ottawa Convention Centre to march in solidarity to Parliament Hill. There, we will meet with Elders, family and community members, as well as local supporters of the campaign. The march will follow a simple route through Ottawa's downtown and arrive on Parliament Hill at 12:00 noon, returning to the University of Ottawa at 1:00 pm.

Please direct questions about this Solidarity March to Jennie Abell: jabell@uottawa.ca


Local organizational partners have collaborated to provide congress participants the opportunity to see the city “through women’s eyes”. Watch here (and/or check your delegate bag) for suggested sites of interest which you can visit as well as a shuttle schedule for an organized tour on 8 July of select local groups and programs that serve women and support women’s equality.


RC 32 BOOK CELEBRATION / Brown Bag Lunch

The Research Committee on Women in Society (RC 32) and International Sociological Association invites participants of Women's Worlds 2011 to attend this lunch event on 6 July from 12-1pm at 1 Stewart, room 125 (wheelchair accessible) in Ottawa. The latest books and articles (of the last two years) by RC 32 members will be on display with authors present to introduce them. Bring your lunch and celebrate with RC 32 authors and friends.



7 July, 12:30-14:20

Room 3120 Desmarais Building, room 3120 (wheelchair accessible)

The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW-ICREF) marks 35 years of successes and resilience despite recent cutbacks. Celebrate CRIAW-ICREF's contribution to the development of Canadian women's studies and feminist research, innovative community-based/participatory and action research, artistic research, and intersectional feminist analysis. Share our anniversary cake and your thoughts about CRIAW'S strategies in this neo-patriarchal context. Buy your box lunch in advance (11:30 -13:30 at the CRIAW information table July 4-6 at Jock Turcot University Center) or bring your lunch.