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5 Ways to Lead for Change

2017-12-19T16:39:26+00:00November 9, 2016|Empowering girls, Gender-based violence, How to, Women’s poverty|

Woman smilingWhen you think of leaders you admire, what are their qualities? Perhaps they fearlessly speak their minds, or inspire others by setting a powerful example.

The good news is that you can develop these skills on your own. And there’s no need to wait for a promotion at work to get started. Getting involved social change is a fantastic way to practice leadership skills.

How? When it comes to gender equality, we have a few ideas for how you can lead for change:

Shaneen’s Story: Seeing a Path to Social Justice

2017-12-19T16:39:45+00:00November 2, 2016|Empowering girls, Gender-based violence, Impact stories, SHE Magazine|

ShaneenIn high school, Shaneen Cotterell signed up for ReAct: Respect in Action, a violence prevention program that stoked her interest in social justice. As told to Jessica Howard.

In grade 11, my social science teacher suggested I try the ReAct after-school program, because she knew I was interested in the issues it covered. When I saw that the program talked about things like oppression, gender stereotypes, abuse, and healthy relationships, I signed up and stayed involved through Grades 11 and 12.

Tips to Keep Girls Playing #LikeAGirl

2017-12-19T16:49:11+00:00October 24, 2016|Corporate, Empowering girls, Guest bloggers, How to|

Always - Girls playing soccerWhen I started playing football as a young girl, I had no idea how far the game would take me.

But what I knew was that I loved it and that I wanted to be a part of it. Yes, there were days that were hard and made me want to quit, but I’m grateful that I didn’t. Whether it has been as a player, an NFL coach, or even getting my doctorate in Sports Psychology, all of the strength and fortitude I needed to succeed came through playing sports.

Sports make girls feel better about themselves!

Introducing our new President and CEO! A Q&A with Paulette Senior

2018-06-28T14:56:12+00:00October 13, 2016|Corporate, Empowering girls, Gender-based violence, Women in media, Women’s poverty|

Paulette SeniorAs a young newcomer to Canada, Paulette Senior wouldn’t have envisioned herself where she is today—stepping into the role of President and CEO at the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

She was 11 when she moved from her grandmother’s home in Jamaica to join her family in Canada, and struggled with culture shock and a new school. “The school system didn’t really value me and didn’t really see me as bright and capable; in fact, it told me the opposite.”

One of Paulette’s teachers decided she didn’t belong in her grade level, so she was streamed into “an incredibly basic form of education”. But when a different teacher later recognized she didn’t belong there, she got the chance to re-join the regular stream.