Advocating for women in the criminal justice system

2017-12-19T17:10:42+00:00March 31, 2016|Guest bloggers, Impact stories|

Katherine AlexanderThis profile was originally published on the Coady International Institute’s website.

For Katherine Alexander, seeking justice for women in the prison system is more than a work obligation.

Alexander, executive director of the Elizabeth Fry Society in Whitehorse, was one of 24 women chosen for the 2015 Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute at Coady.

Spending at least one day a week at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre and once a month at the Abbotsford Institution, she works to build relationships with the incarcerated women. She advises them of their rights, helping to amplify their voices both inside and outside of the prison. She also works with other women’s services in the territory that help inmates transition back into the community.

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.

Inspire Body Positivity with the Body Confidence Canada Awards

2017-12-19T17:11:45+00:00March 18, 2016|Empowering girls, Guest bloggers, Women in media|

Woman smilingAlmost four years ago our lives changed for the better when we decided to create the Body Confidence Canada Awards (BCCAs) – and we haven’t looked back!

Inspired by outstanding body image awareness initiatives taking place in the United Kingdom, namely their Campaign for Body Confidence (2009) and the inaugural Body Confidence Awards (2012), my partner Aisha Fairclough and I decided it was time to create a likeminded platform in Canada. We created the BCCAs to acknowledge and celebrate people for whom their personal and professional lives embodied and inspired body confidence, body positivity, and body diversity in our communities.