Women and Advocacy: Fifty years of progress, the influence of feminist activists


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Women and Advocacy: Fifty years of progress

Famous 5 Ottawa is pleased to be co-hosting a 2020 Persons Day armchair style virtual discussion with the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development and special guests.


With special guests:

Charlotte Thibault, Long serving Québec Feminist
Jocelyn Formsma, Executive Director, National Association of Friendship Centres
Muneeza Sheikh, Partner, Levitt LLP
Carole Saab, Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
The “Persons Case” is known as the lengthy legal and political effort by five women which led to Canadian women being officially declared “persons” on October 18, 1929 by the Law Lords at Westminster. This date is now referred to as Persons Day.

This armchair discussion, featuring four prominent activists and advocates whose work has led to significant progress on gender equality, will bring an intersectional lens to advocacy and women’s participation in public life, politics, and leadership roles. The panel will focus on advocacy-related work that remains essential in the quest to achieve gender equality, building on the work of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women (1967-1970), the work to include Women in the Constitution (1981) and the involvement of NGOs at the time of the Beijing Conference on Women (1995), and looking ahead at the new challenges and opportunities.

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