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About Diane Hill

Diane Hill is the Director of Communication for the Gender Equality Network Canada, a national network convened and facilitated by the Canadian Women’s Foundation. She has worked at the Foundation since 2011 and is the former Senior Director of Public Engagement where she oversaw all marketing, communications, public relations, and social media initiatives. As Senior Writer, she founded and edited the Foundation’s biannual magazine, SHE. Diane is a graduate of the Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate program at George Brown College and has a Master of Environmental Studies from York University. A former auto mechanic, she has worked as a writer, communicator, and social issue researcher for over 20 years and is the former Director of Policy and Research at United Way Toronto. Her writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Reader’s Digest, and Best Health.

Girls Love Science!

2016-03-29T15:46:24+00:00March 29, 2016|Empowering girls, How to, SHE Magazine|

Girl with microscopeWhat’s the best way to teach kids to wash their hands to prevent the spread of disease? Show them how fast germs can spread using chemicals and a black light.

How can you get girls interested in math? Ask them to budget for a water filtration project to provide clean water for communities.

These are just two simple examples of how Actua, an innovative national organization, helps girls to discover exciting careers in STEM (science, engineering, technology, and math).

“We know young girls are really interested in science,” says Jennifer Flanagan, CEO of Actua. “But that interest can start to wane if it’s not supported.”

Safe Passage: A Girl’s Journey Through Adolescence

2017-12-19T17:11:09+00:00March 22, 2016|Empowering girls, Gender-based violence, Sexual abuse, SHE Magazine|

Girl looking at cameraIn an office building not far from the bleak industrial wharves in the northern Ontario town of Thunder Bay, social worker Karen Slomke is clicking through a curious set of Powerpoint slides.

Her audience sees photos of zebras being chased by lions, cartoon illustrations of the human brain, and lots of flowcharts with coloured arrows. Though some of her slides are lighthearted, most are deadly serious. This presentation is designed to save lives.

Karen works for Children’s Centre Thunder Bay and her audience is primarily Aboriginal girls in their early teens. All have experienced physical or sexual abuse, or both. Karen recently worked with Sherry, a young teen who has been sexually assaulted four different times by four different adult men. The first assault happened when she was 12.

Day 3: A Walk in the Park

2017-12-19T17:27:10+00:00November 27, 2015|Gender-based violence|

Park at nightThis article was originally published on the Huffington Post.

The park is almost dark.

It’s only 5pm, but here in the Northern Hemisphere we’ve all just switched to daylight savings time, so by the time I step onto the asphalt path the lampposts in the park are already on.

The park is a large triangular wedge of grass and trees tucked into a residential neighbourhood of wartime bungalows that are slowly being replaced by someone’s idea of a suburban dream home. To the north of the path is a sort of marshy area with tall reeds and shrubs that graduate into wooded wilderness up by the railroad tracks.

The Power of Voice

2017-12-19T17:30:38+00:00October 23, 2015|Empowering girls, Infographics, SHE Magazine|

Woman writingI never used to be what you’d call an outspoken person. In high school, when my English teacher suggested I read one of my poems aloud in class, I said, “No way!” Early in my career I wrote a well-received research report, but at the press con­ference I actually hid behind a colleague. At dinner parties, I dreaded the prospect of someone raising a controversial subject. I had strong opinions, but not the nerve to say them out loud.

Women are wonderfully diverse, but many of us have one thing in com­mon: We struggle to find our voice. Finding our voice is essential to becom­ing our authentic selves, and is especially important for women and girls who are trapped by violence, poverty, and rigid gender stereotypes.