International Women’s Day 2020: Creating a more gender equitable world

This Sunday is International Women’s Day. The theme for 2020 is “Each for Equal,” which is all about the concept of ‘collective individualism’ and how we each have a role to play in creating a more gender equitable world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

So we decided to ask a member from each team here at YWCA Edmonton to share with us how they are working to make our community a more equitable place.

Read our team’s responses below and please join us at one of the many International Women’s Day celebrations happening across our city this month.

Edmonton’s 2020 International Women’s Day Events

YWCA Edmonton is #EachforEqual

“As a Youth Program Manager, I am working to create a more gender equitable world by creating safe spaces for young women to connect, learn and empower themselves and each other; through GirlSpace, I give teen girls the opportunity to challenge societal norms, and speak their minds about issues they are facing.”
– Dunia, GirlSpace

“As YWCA Edmonton’s Community Fundraising Specialist, I am working to make a more gender equitable world by building a community of supporters who are invested in creating brighter futures for the women, girls and families we serve.”
– Ashton, External Relations

“As the Sexual Wellness Community Educator with YWCA Edmonton, I am working to create a more gender equitable world by invalidating gendered stereotypes! I provide inclusive education that gives visibility to all folks in order to foster a generation of equal chances and opportunities.”
– Rachel, Compass Sexual Wellness

“As Service Coordinator for YWCA Edmonton, I am working to create a more gender equitable world by enhancing equal rights for all genders at work and avoiding gender-biased practices associated with task delegation.”
– Kenny, Disability Services

“As Assistant Director of Camp Yowochas, I am helping to create a more gender equitable world by exemplifying our mission, which is to teach respect for yourself, others, and the environment; not the kind of respect that is associated with authority, but rather a profound understanding of personhood regardless of gender, beliefs, or background.”
–Sophie, Camp Yowochas

“As the Director of Counselling and Youth Leadership Programs, and as a mother of two, I am working to create a more gender equitable society by supporting and raising youth to see the world not as it is, but what it could be if we looked at it through lenses of empathy, understanding, ability and equal opportunity.”
– Ashley, M.Ed., Counselling Services