Social Issues | February 2020  
Every Woman's Place for Support, Connections and Community.
Events at the Women's Centre 

Join us for our annual International Women's Day potluck! 

The Women's Centre will host IWD celebrations in our space on  Saturday, March 7, 11:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M. Come and connect with community!

Bring food if you are able (for example: dips and crackers, salad, or baking).  

This event is open to everyone! 

Women and Water: Stories from our Community

Join us for an evening of storytelling and discussion! Celebrate and share stories of how water is being used, the way our communities come together to protect access to clean drinking water and how some communities that haven't had clean water supply are taking the matter into their own hands. We are privileged to host an Indigenous speaker telling us their story of implementing a water treatment facility in Eden Valley First Nation. We will also have stories told by speakers from Alberta Wilderness Association and Cows and Fish. 

Wednesday, March 18, 6-8 pm

The event is open to anyone who identifies as a woman. 

Free childminding is available.  

Please register here, by calling 403-264-1155, or email:

Events in the community 

International Women's Day: The Word from Girls

Join us in celebration of International Women's Day and the launch of
Girls Lead: A Toolkit for Supporting Girls' Leadership and Activism
Hear stories of allyship, audacity and ambition from young women in our community. Hosted at the Central Public Library (800 3 St. S.E.) on 
Sunday, March 8.

Activities and information at 12:00 pm; refreshments at 1:30; program at 2:30. 

For details, please visit the Library's website  here

The Facts Corner 

Black households are 3.5 times more likely to be food insecure than white households

In Canada, 1 in 8 households are food insecure. People living in food-insecure households cannot always afford enough to eat. Food insecurity disproportionately affects Black households. For example, 12.4% of white children live in food insecure households, while 36.6% of Black children live in food insecure households. 

Read more in this fact sheet

Report: Black Women in Canada

Despite positive trends, there are still significant gender gaps in Canada.  But these gaps - for example in education, health outcomes and incomes -  are not experienced equally by all women. Racialized women face increased barriers to achieving equality. This short report examines the experience of Black women and girls in Canada and is part of a larger project examining Canada's progress on achieving women's rights and gender equality. 
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In Focus:  Women and Gender-Based  Violence

Media, Culture and Technology

J.Lo's body: Distressing or inspiring for mid-life women?
Facial recognition systems from large tech companies often incorrectly classify black women as male - including the likes of Michelle Obama, Serena Williams and Sojourner Truth. That's according to Joy Buolamwini, whose research caught wide attention in 2018 with " AI, Ain't I a Woman ?" a spoken-word piece based on her findings at MIT Media Lab. Hear the spoken word here.
Poverty and Inequality

We would like to acknowledge that the Women's Centre is situated on the traditional
territories of the Treaty 7 First Nations people and is also home to M├ętis Nation of Alberta, Region III.