Intercultural Dialogue Institute (IDI) Toronto organized a luncheon with round-table discussions honouring the International Women’s Day. Deborah Newman, Deputy Minister, Training Colleges & Universities gave a keynote speech right after the presentation by Gina Valle (www.ginavalle.com) 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).
- Decreased violence.
- 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 Zaillan Corportation (www.zaillan.com).
01:00pm : Lunch
01:25pm : Opening remarks
01:30pm : Welcome remarks on behalf of IDI Toronto
01:35pm : Introduction video (Intercultural Dialogue Institute)
01:40pm : Presentation on selected items from the “Legacies Photo Exhibition” by Gina Valle
02:30pm : introduction of the Roundtable discussions with the following topics