Be part of the dialogue on women’s rights at the York U International Women’s Day event

A discussion on women’s rights with a focus on intersectionality and inclusivity will be the focus of a York University event to mark International Women’s Day, March 8.

The Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REI) hosts the roundtable discussion “Reimagining Women’s Rights” from 9:30 to 11:30am in Senate Chambers, Ross Building.

IWD 2018Six panelists will lead a discussion on intersectionality, inclusivity and the diversity of experiences within the broad parameters of “women’s rights.” Panelists are invited from public, private, and academic sectors whose experiences and expertise will attend to topics such as: ableism, ageism, transphobia, racism, indigeneity.

Panelists will use this platform to create dialogue about the range of considerations that need to be engaged regarding rights, access and recognition in the context of transforming women’s lives. They will also consider their own experiences related to opportunities and challenges, and reflect on how to reimagine women’s rights and International Women’s Day in contemporary life.

Six women from different sectors with diverse professional and personal expertise will be featured on the panel, including:

Francesca Accinelli, director of Communications and National Promotions, Telefilm Canada
Shyra Barberstock, president and CEO, Okwaho Equal Source
Minha Ha, PhD candidate, Mechanical Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering
A.W. Peet, professor of physics, University of Toronto
Kim Stanton, Golblatt Partners LLP
Kyisha Williams, filmmaker and public health professional

The session will be moderated by Supriya Dwivedi, host of the Morning Show on Global News Radio 640 Toronto and frequent commentator on CBC’s “Power and Politics”

Attendees will have an opportunity to engage with the session topic and the panelists.

International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day – it has been an effort by many on a global scale. International Women’s Day was designed to bring awareness for unity, celebration, reflection and advocacy for the transformation of women’s lives.

The event is presented in partnership with Lassonde School of Engineering, Office of Alumni Relations and the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.

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