Voices for Change 2014

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Young women play an important role in driving positive social change in their communities. Join us for our third annual Voices for Change Conversation Series, as we bring together young international women’s rights activists and young Canadian changemakers to discuss the important intersections of their work and the role of innovation in advancing equality.

This year’s conversation series will take place in Ottawa and Toronto from Friday, September 26 to Monday, September 29, 2014 and will feature the voices of the Nobel Women’s Initiative’s 2014 Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program participants:

  • Maha Babeker (Sudan) – A Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the Salammah Women’s Resource Centre in Khartoum.
  • Andrea Ixchíu (Guatemala) – A journalist and workshop facilitator advancing indigenous women’s rights in Guatemala.
  • Alice Vilmaro (South Sudan) – A Gender and Planning Officer with the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization in Juba.

At each event, the Sister-to-Sister Participants will be joined by local Canadian changemakers who are working to advance equality in their own communities and around the world. In Ottawa, they will be joined by women’s rights activists, Kristine St-Pierre, gender consultant and workshop facilitator advancing women’s peace efforts, and Rebekah Elkerton, an Anishinabe artist using creative expression for decolonization and empowerment. In Toronto, they will be joined by young women innovators and Studio Y Fellows, Emily Finnie, Anique Jordan, and Kelsey Rideout.

Women Redefining Peace | Ottawa, ON

When: Friday, September 26, 2014 | 10am – 12pm
Where: Dunton Tower (DT), Room 2017 | Carleton University | 1125 Colonel By Drive | Ottawa, Ontario
Moderated by Beth Woroniuk, an independent gender consultant and expert in women, peace, and security. Beth currently volunteers with the Women, Peace and Security Network – Canada as a member of the Steering Committee.

Hosted by the Joint Chair in Women’s Studies, the University of Ottawa’s Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies and Carleton University’s Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies.
RSVP to info@matchinternational.org or 613-761-3684.

Women Redefining Innovation | Toronto, ON

When: Monday, September 29, 2014 | 6pm – 8pm
Where: Auditorium |MaRS Discovery District | 101 College Street | Toronto, Ontario
Moderated by Sarah Saska, a Doctoral Candidate at Western University, who works in collaboration with The MATCH Fund to understand how social innovation can change the lives of women around the globe.

Hosted by MaRS Discovery District and Studio Y.
RSVP to info@matchinternational.org or 613-761-3684.


Started in 2012 by The MATCH International Women’s Fund and the Nobel Women’s Initiative, the Voices for Change Conversation Series brings together young women’s rights activists from around the world to share their stories and experiences with audiences in Canadian cities. Join one of the free events in a city near you and be part of the conversation!