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WHO: WOMEN'S WORLDS 2011
Expected to draw some 1500 participants from around the world, Women's Worlds 2011 will be the largest international gathering of women to ever take place in Canada. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the congress is a unique global event intended to enhance women's leadership skills and organizational capacity, support the exchange of knowledge and ideas, and foster research and action networks on women's issues.
Keynote plenary speakers:
Raewynn Connell (Australia) - gender relations / identity expert
Monica Chuji Gualinga (Ecuador) - Kichwa leader and environmentalist
Malika Hamidi (Belgium) - international expert on women and Islam
Judith Heumann (USA) - disAbility rights advocate
Devaki Jain (India) - feminist economist
Danièle Magloire (Haiti) - NGO leader
Sebenzile Matsebula (South Africa) - disAbility rights activist
Waneek Horn-Miller (CDA) - Mohawk mentor; coordinator, First People's House, McGill University
Samhita Mukhopadhyay (USA) - editor of feministing.com
Andrea Smith (USA) - Cherokee educator and anti-violence activist
Nicole Schwab (Switzerland) - gender equality facilitator
Mary Simon (CDA) - Inuit activist; President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
An emphasis has been placed on encouraging and supporting the participation of young women, women with disAbilities, and Indigenous women. Plenary sessions will be offered in English, French, Spanish, and American Sign Language. A Solidarity Fund is supporting 75 women from under-resourced and under-represented communities in Canada and around the world to participate in this historic event.
Carleton University and the University of Ottawa are co-hosts. Coordinating efforts have been possible through financial support from Status of Women Canada, as well as other donors sought through intensive fundraising activities.
WHAT: "a global convergence to advance women's equality through research, exchange, leadership, and action" - Women's Worlds 2011 convenes women from across the world to CONNECT and CONVERSE about women's rights and equality. Academics, activists, researchers, policy-makers, and artists will exchange under the broad theme of Inclusions, exclusions, and seclusions: Living in a globalized world. In addition, each day's content is inspired by a distinct theme: Breaking Cycles, Breaking Ceilings, Breaking Barriers, Breaking Ground.
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WHERE: Ottawa Convention Centre; University of Ottawa; various downtown venues
WHEN: 3-7 July 2011
WHY: WW 2011 is a unique convergence of academic and activism where a diversity of minds and experiences can examine provocative questions related to globalization and women. It is as much about grassroots activism as it is about academic achievement.
Two main factors that set WW 2011 apart from similar conferences:
- its original focus on academic research as a tool to advance women's equality
- its inclusion of the valuable wisdom and perspectives of research that occurs beyond academic - in communities, among grassroots, and at the front lines