Rosemary Ganley The Peterborough Examiner June 20, 2019
Ta'Kaiya Blaney and members of BC's Indigenous community march in commemoration for the inquiry into MMIW in Vancouver earlier this month, during the Women Deliver conference. TESSA VIKANDER/TORSTAR
When I looked at the first day's offerings at the Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver two weeks ago, I froze. At any hour, on any day, there were about 20 good choices. Among the titles: "Advocacy Strategies," "Why Should I Care?," Digital Campaigning," "Managing Stress and Anxiety," "Born into Crisis," "Nurses' Leadership," films on women artists and women athletes, "2SLGBTIQ Advocacy," "Male Engagement," "Sexual and Human Rights in Conflict Zones," "Comprehensive Sex Education in Schools," (Mr. Ford, take note), "Women and Spirituality," "Midwifery Today," "Child Marriage" and "FGM."
My first new learning happened early: "2SLGBTIQ" stands for "two-spirited, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning."
Someone described Women Deliver as "the Olympics for gender equity?" Sold out for two months, with an estimated 100,000 more participating online, it is held every three years, the last one in Denmark. "It comes at a critical time for gender equity," said chair Katya Iversen. "It is not a women's issue, not a war between the sexes, but an integral part of national agendas." And of local agendas and of family agendas, I'd add. Continue Reading >Here<
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