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Digital Conversations About Gender & Representation

March 13, 2011 by Corinne Rusch-Drutz

Women seem to occupy an interesting place at SXSW, assumed as contributors to the digital spaces overly represented here, their agency is less recognized. While several sessions focus on women in tech, the festival is a male-centred space both in  the panels and at the host of parties, beer gardens and lounges that make up the full spectrum of the event. This, despite the fact that women are equal in numbers to male delegates. Walk into...

Tags: SXSW, Interactive, Gender

Early days at SXSW

March 11, 2011 by Corinne Rusch-Drutz

Arriving in Austin, you know you're in a music and tech town when there's live music in the airport and the bus schedule runs on QR codes. Unlike other parts of Texas, Austin  is not about big box culture or mega mall living, but indie life with a focus on the best use of tech to support community needs.  People are friendly and happy to host the crowd of 12,000+ that descend upon Austin for...

Tags: SXSW, Interactive, Technology, Safety Siren

Launch of UN Women

March 1, 2011 by Lynne Kent

Last week I attended the launch of UN Women in New York. In 2007, YWCA Canada wrote a recommendation to World Council to engage all YWCAs in lobbying for this new entity at the UN for the world’s women. It was incredible, and almost unbelievable, for me to sit in the General Assembly and see this beginning. I spent last week hearing horrific stories – I was going to say about women but that would be...

YWCA Canada at United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 55, 2011

February 24, 2011 by Nicole Gutowski

YWCA Canada at CSW 55, 2011 The theme of this year’s United Nations Commission on the Status of Women is: Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work  YWCA Canada will be presenting an NGO parallel session with partners, Abantu for Development (ROWA) and Canadian Crossroads International. The session will explore how partnerships can expand capacity to mentor young...

Tags: CSW, Commission on the Status of Women, UN, UN Women, YWCA Canada, World YWCA, WITNESS, Naomi Frerotte, Abantu for Development, Canadian Crossroads International, Living Beyond Shelter

Brave girls of 2010

January 27, 2011 by Danielle Pearson

I might be stretching the timeline for 2010 reviews a bit, but I’m going with the rule that it is acceptable until the end of January.  Plus, I think it’s worth noting some of the incredible ways that frustrated girls have been fighting sexism and discrimination in 2010.  So, I have put together a short list of brave girls’ awesome actions of 2010.  Check it out: These Connecticut teens felt their cheerleader uniforms were too revealing...

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