In the 20th and 21st centuries, gender and gender identity have taken on a variety of increasingly complex meanings. Questions about how different groups experience and identify in regards to gender, race, class and culture have caused some to question the ongoing utility of International Women’s Week and what it signifies to diverse populations. By posing the question “Is International Women’s Week still relevant? Why or why not? And if not, how can we make it more inclusive and meaningful?”, we hope to engage in an interrogation of, and reflection on, the role of IWW and how it is celebrated.
Co-sponsored by Queen’s Pride and OPIRG Kingston.
Coffee and Refreshments will be Provided
WHERE/ WHEN: Robert Sutherland Hall Room 202 March 6th 6pm
WHO (The Panelists):
Morgan M Page (Odofemi) is a twenty-something writer, performance + video artist, award-winning activist, and Santera currently living in Toronto. She works in the social services, coordinating programs for trans youth, trans adults, and trans sex workers in downtown Toronto. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Youthline’s Outstanding Contribution to Community Empowerment Award at the Community Youth Awards for her work creating T-GUAVA (Trans Girls and Guys United Against Violent Assault), Canada’s first program to address intimate partner abuse among trans youth.
Dana Wesley completed her Bachelor of Arts Honours in Women’s Studies at Queen’s University in Fall 2009. She joined the first cohort of Gender Studies M.A. students in the Winter of 2010 and is really excited about the project that she is working on currently with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. Dana is originally from Moose Cree First Nation in Moose Factory, Ontario but considers Kingston her second home. Dana’s interests are diverse, but if she had to describe them via academic terms, they’d include a combination of Indigenous Feminisms and Queer Theory. She strives to make her work accessible and relevant to Indigenous communities (especially youth), but particularly wants to work on projects that focus on Two Spirit peoples, Indigenous everyday resistances and radical community building. She is also actively involved in the anti-oppressive/anti-racist and Indigenous communities on campus.
Krystle Maki is a PhD candidate and Vanier Scholar in the department of Sociology at Queen’s University researching surveillance practices administered in Ontario Works (social assistance) and the intersectional impacts of neoliberal welfare surveillance on low income populations, specifically single mothers. The research is a combination of over a decade of anti-poverty activism, in depth interviews, focus groups, participation with and alongside social movements, policy analysis and her lived experiences with poverty and gendered violence.
Mary Rita Holland (Provincial NDP Candidate) is a founding member of the Memorial Centre Farmers’ Market, the Project Manager for the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission and has served as a Policy Analyst for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Mary Rita has a BA, a Masters of Public Administration from Queen’s University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy.