equal voice Newfoundland & Labrador event
uplifting women & Gender Diverse Leaders!
June 2, 2021 1:00-2:30pm EST

Event has Live Closed Captioning & ASL Interpretation



COVID-19 response and recovery designing 'New Normal'

Two panels showcasing Newfoundland and Labrador's COVID response highlighting the impact of women and gender diverse individuals in leadership in academia, grassroots NGOs and youth experiences, illustrating an intersectional lens towards designing a 'New Normal' post-COVID.

Global guests from the UK and New Zealand will add international insights.



Judy May Foote

Her Honour The Honourable, P.C., O.N.L.,
Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Dr. Betsy McGregor

Feminist Forum Co-Founder

Harvard Medical School Research Fellow

Author, 'Women on the Ballot"

Gudie Hutchings

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development

panel #1

Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Gender Diverse Individuals

Join grassroots activists, policy analysts, youth leaders and leading NGO path makers to discuss the differential impact of COVID-19 on women and gender diverse individuals, building Canada forward with a feminist lens.

Dr. Nicola Ngawati

Director, New Zealand  Kaiwhakahaere Matua Ministry of Women

Chunyan Zhu

Academic Advisor at Memorial University

panel #2

Impact of Women and Gender Diverse Leadership on COVID-19

Explore the difference! Women in leadership are changing COVID-19 outcomes by their courage, unique styles and decisive actions. Meet compelling provincial and global trailblazers busy designing different response and recovery visions.

Dr. Supriya Garikipati

Associate Professor Liverpool University Management School

Dr. Deatra Walsh

Dir. of Advocacy and Communications at Municipalities NL

Ledon Wellon

 Founder of

"Faces of Fertility" 


Kate Cadigan

Youth Leader. Gr. 12 Student at Gonzaga Highschool St. John's

Dr. Vianne Timmons, O.C.

President, Memorial University & Founding Visionary of The Prosperity Project

Kathy Hawkins

President of DisAbled Women’s Network Canada

Ophelia Ravencroft

Feminist Researcher & Local LGBTQ2S+/Sex Worker Advocate

Sandra McKellar

Executive Director of NL Sexual Assault and Crisis Prevention Centre

Taylor Barry

Youth Team Forum

Chat Moderator

Dr. Sobia Shaikh

Co-Chair, Anti-Racism Coalition & MUN Prof. School of Social Work

Jude Benoit

Co-Founder, Indigenous

Activist Collective & 2SLGBTQIA+ Neighboring Pod

Gloria Jones

Youth Team Forum

Chat Moderator

Courtney Clarke

Equal Voice NL Leadership Committee


Debbie Wiseman

Equal Voice NL Leadership Committee

Karla Hayward

Co-Chair Equal Voice NL

Gillian Pearson

Co-Chair Equal Voice NL

forward from the beijing 1995 platform for action to the UN-sdg2030

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Feminist Movement - Where to now?

No movement has been as important to social progress as the global thirst for women's equality, demonstrated in scattered ways over 2500 years of patriarchal rule. It has come to a head in the 20th century, with increased knowledge and awareness, organization, activism, legislation and education. The worldwide pandemic of COVID-19  has revealed huge deficits in women's status, in Canada and around the world. These forums will examine both the gains, and the challenging unfinished business in achieving true gender equality.


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