16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Runs from November 25 to December 10, 2016

activismThe 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and end on International Human Rights Day on December 10. The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was designated in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly. The date was chosen to commemorate the lives of the Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic who were violently assassinated in 1960. The day pays tribute to them, as well as urging global recognition of gender violence. Each year on this day, governments, international organizations and NGOs are invited to organize activities designed to raise public awareness of the problem.

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Alberta College of Social Workers Welcomes Improvements in Support for Indigenous Children in Alberta

serenity-edmontonThe tragic story of Serenity has saddened Albertans and leads us to reflect on how we care for society’s most vulnerable.  Social workers in Alberta put their hearts and soul into supporting children and families.   Serenity’s story, and many others, remind us this work is complex and fraught with nuances – in part directly related to work with children, youth and families, and in part navigating the complexities of the systems that are meant to support them.   In July 2016, two reports highlighting the delivery of child and family services to Indigenous children in Alberta were released publicly.  One report authored by the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate (OCYA) entitled Voices for Change, provided a number of recommendations to address systemic issues impacting the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in care. 

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Passions Become Profits for Persons with Disabilities on the Prairies

In Celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 14 – elevate-image25020, the Community Futures program, Elevate, would like to recognize three rural prairie entrepreneurs: Janie Gaudet is the founder of Sweet Crete Décor, in Warman, Saskatchewan; Sumalee Phanad owns Thai Plaza located in Gimli, Manitoba; and Wilfred Blowers is the owner and operator of Business Reconnections Ltd. based in Trochu, Alberta. These individuals have taken employment into her own hands, becoming entrepreneurs  with the help of Elevate. Elevate is a program which helps rural entrepreneurs with disabilities and health conditions navigate their  first steps into the business world. From business plan to opening day, Elevate provides participants with supports specific to their needs and their business.

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Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology (Wisest) Announces Annual Lecture & Symposium

wisestWISEST announced that their 2016 keynote speaker is Dr. Anne Condon, a Professor of Computing Science at the University of British Columbia, where she has served as Department Head and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science. Dr. Condon’s research in computational complexity theory and algorithms currently focuses on DNA programming – the art and science of writing programs that are realized and executed by DNA. She is an ACM Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, has held the NSERC/General Motors Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, and received the Computing Research Association’s Habermann Award for her work on increasing the numbers and successes of women in computing research.

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