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Women’s Day Luncheon & Round-table Discussions – March 31, 2012
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Intercultural Dialogue Institute (IDI) Toronto organized a luncheon with round-table discussions honouring the International Women's Day.
, Deputy Minister, Training Colleges & Universities gave a keynote speech right after the presentation by
) regarding her "Legacies" Photo Exhibition.
VIDEO: KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY DEPUTY MINISTER DEBORAH NEWMAN
HIGHLIGHTS FROM WOMEN’S DAY LUNCHEON ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSIONS (CANADIAN CONTEXT)
Discussion Point 1. Greatest Achievements of Women
Managed to succeed in both having families and careers (although there continues to be a number of barriers)
Getting the right of vote.
Having the right to divorce.
Ability to choose birth control.
Raising awareness of violence against women.
Achieving the role of Governor General.
Relatively good political presence (eg. Women Premiers, Ministers, Mayors, MP and MPPs).
Changing the society making it easier for women to feel comfortable and to succeed everywhere (eg.: less tolerance for harassment).
Being expected of finishing university-post secondary education in all fields.
More choices in all aspect of our lives
Discussion Point 2. The most challenging issues faced by women in our current society
Inequality (such as wages)
Insufficient acknowledgement for contributions
Helping women in other parts of the world
establishing our as leader in certain sector
Work-family balance: women expected to do it all.
Traditional roles are being challenged; it depends on the family dynamics. Who works more? Who’s busy less? What iff wife earns more salary than husband?
Less roles in top executive/leadership positions, although more present in the public voice.
Continuing stereotypes of gender, sexuality
Discussion Point 3. Expectations for improvement regarding women’s issues in the next decade
Increased profile of women in the corporate world.
Increased equality (eg. equal pay for equal work).
More education of men and women on women’s issues.
Increased support for women’s choices.
National day care.
Making the expectations equal.
Continued removal of systematic barriers.
More women on male dominated fields.
More women helping / mentoring women
More funding and education for immigrant women
Better balancing of all our tasks and responsibilities
Improving ourselves (women) in leadership roles
Special thanks go to our event sponsor
: Reception with Photo Exhibition: Legacies (Reflections of Canadian Women & their Grandmothers)
: Opening remarks
: Welcome remarks on behalf of IDI Toronto
: Introduction video (Intercultural Dialogue Institute)
: Presentation on selected items from the "Legacies Photo Exhibition" by
: Keynote Address by
, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities
: introduction of the Roundtable discussions with the following topics
: Closing Remarks by
Anatolian Heritage Federation
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