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Empowerment through Education: A Global Agenda for Women and Girls

Join us in discussion on the challenges and solutions to education for women and girls around the world.

Globally, more than 130 million girls are not attending primary or secondary school. During times of crisis and displacement, the situation worsens; refugee girls at the secondary level are only half as likely to enroll as refugee boys. Globally, only 1% of refugees have access to higher education.

Join us for an exciting day of discussion and exchange on some of the challenges and solutions to education for women and girls around the world, particularly for refugees and women and girls living in developing countries.

Together, we will explore a global education agenda for women and girls from two different perspectives: the experiences of young women from refugee contexts who have overcome the odds to pursue their education, and the policies that attempt to remove the barriers that girls and women from different backgrounds face.

Prominent women with expertise in the field of education and development in Canada and internationally will discuss the current education and gender equality policies of both Canada and the United Nations within the framework of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Responding to those policies will be young women ​from the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa who obtained their secondary education overseas while living as refugees, and who were later selected to study at the university level in Canada. They will share their stories and describe the education challenges and opportunities they saw facing displaced girls and women and those living in developing countries.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Huguette Labelle, former President, Canadian International Development Agency
  • Stacy Dry Lara, Executive Director, Graduate Women International
  • Dammee Sero, Wilfrid Laurier University Alumnus
  • Rama Obeid, Student, University of Ottawa
  • Other speakers to be announced

Participants will have ample opportunity to meet and talk with speakers during small group discussions, breaks, and a post-event reception.

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave, West. Ottawa, K2P 2H9

Cost: $40.00 ($20 for students)

Register online at https://www.cfuw-ottawa.org/event-3276186, or contact Barbara Newbegin: [email protected] or 613-745-6546.

This seminar is presented by the Canadian Federation of University Women of Ottawa (CFUW-Ottawa) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).


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