We Stand for a More Gender Equal World!

Our campaign is using digital photography as an art form to capture those economic shifts that happened for women in the newcomer, racialized communities, transgender people because of the actions they take, resources and services, and allies that help make a difference by advocating for and with them.

The stories that follow help to tell more of the story including the shifts in resources, support and attitudes which made it possible for economically powerful changes to occur. Powerful shifts that help remove gender barriers can and do happen. We hope these stories inspire you to support a more gender equal world!

Get a conversation going about Gender Equality using this series. Feel free to use our discussion guide!

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Episodes

Welcome back to our new normal. The global pandemic has not stopped us on our focus on creating a more gender equal world. We hope you will enjoy our refreshed and safe approaches to sharing success stories through Zoom Interviews and Podcasts with a diverse team of fresh faces from our WEST team!

Gender Equality Series Episode 6

Episode 6 – Overcoming Inner Challenges and Becoming a Leader

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Episode 6 – Overcoming Inner Challenges and Becoming a Leader What role does listening to your inner guidance and facing challenges in have in creating better more gender equal opportunities?…
Gender Equality Series Episode 5

Episode 5 – A Time for Speaking Up and Self-Advocacy

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Episode 5 – A Time for Speaking Up and Self-Advocacy After you become aware of inequalities, what do you do next? How might you approach a situation where you are…
Gender Equality Series - Episode 4

Episode 4 – What is Like to be a Woman at Work in a Skilled Trade?

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Episode 4 – What is Like to be a Woman at Work in a Skilled Trade? What if the right job doesn’t just come along? You might have to be…
Gender Equality Series - Episode 3

Episode 3 – International Career Changes and Challenges

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Episode 3 – International Career Changes and Challenges Sometimes, one career is not enough. What does a person do when they feel the need to move on? How do you…
Gender Equality Series - Episode 2

Episode 2 – Believing in Woman in the Skilled Trades

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Episode 2 - Believing in Woman in the Skilled Trades What is it about a career as an Electrician, Millwright or Plumber that could benefit a woman? How long might…
Gender Equality Series - Episode 1

Episode 1 – Making work work for you!

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Episode 1 - Making work work for you! Join Danait, as she learns about Omolade William’s career journey into a new community, the Woman in Skilled Trades program, new job…

Podcasts

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Inside WEST – Podcast 2 – How to Handle Microaggression in the Workplace Proactively

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Inside WEST Podcast How to Handle Microagression in the Workplace Proactivelywith Tammy Morris and Lyn Caine We share some of our hard-won lessons, experiences and knowledge to help empower other…
Danait featured

Inside WEST – Podcast 1 – Two Paths by Danait Asgedom

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Inside WEST Podcast Two Paths by Danait Asgedomwritten and told by Danait Asgedom Inside WEST is our new podcast and the place we hope we can share some of the…

Stories

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Gemma Grey-Hall

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Gemma Grey-Hall When she looked around her Gemma Grey-Hall didn’t see other women of colour in positions of power. Yet in the long run that didn’t matter, for the aspirations…
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Sheila Barker

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Sheila Barker Speaking up for yourself to gain equality at work could be a life transforming event. It was for Sheila Barker. But when the moment came, she was ready…
Ann Diab

Ann Diab

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Ann Diab Ann Diab can still remember the day her grandmother took her to a farm to show her how to pick tomatoes. It was hard work. It was hot.…
Dunia

Dunia Hafez

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Dunia Hafez The word “Dunia” in the Arabic language was once used to describe the life closest to us, or the life in this world. It is also Dunia’s name.…
Kay

Kay (Kyung Eun) Park

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Kay (Kyung Eun) Park Kay (Kyung Eun) Park lifts her hands to shoulder height, opens her chest and says: “Do the Chicken!” with an easy smile. She has just delivered…
Parvinder

Parvinder Kaur

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Parvinder Kaur If you ever felt certain you had the right skills but were lost as to how to get a job in your field, you have a sense of…

First Person Stories

Rebecca Chenier

Rebecca Chenier – My Story

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Rebecca Chenier   My Story Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned and I found myself sitting in an employment center trying to find a career to support my family. I…
Omolade Williams

Omolade Williams – My Story

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Omolade Williams   My Story Prior to taking this course, I was a business analyst, IT network systems project manager and product manager. My Masters was in innovative manufacturing in…
Maggie Henry

Maggie Henry – My Story

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Maggie Henry   My Story I was stuck in a rut. I always liked working with my hands but the career I chose in Massage Therapy wasn’t as fulfilling as…
Lisa Eybergen

Lisa Eybergen – My Story

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Lisa Eybergen   My Story In 2015, I was a full-time stay at home mom of three after a recent separation. I was invited to a women in trades workshop…
Bobbi Day

Bobbi Day – My Story

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Bobbi Day   My Story I completed my secondary education at Walkerville Collegiate Institute which focused on honing skills for students interested in the arts. At this time, I didn’t…
Manal

Manal – My Story: Never Give Up

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Manal   In this challenging and strange world, sometimes we have to start from scratch “zero”, I believe even if we are at zero but we have the strength, we…
Jane

New Life in a New City by Jane Emilia Tomasso

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Jane Emilia Tomasso   Life brought me to Toronto. I grew up in Amherstburg with Windsor as my nearest metropolis. It was difficult to understand my confusing childhood as a…

Look for more of our Economic Power Shifting Stories about Gender Equality in the days to come, and be sure to read, share and submit your own first person stories using the form below!

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

Windsor Essex Community Foundation
Canada
Equality Fund
Community Foundations of Canada

This project is supported by the Pilot Fund for Gender Equality, a collaboration between Community Foundations of Canada and the Equality Fund, with support from the Government of Canada. We thank the Windsor Essex Community Foundation for this opportunity.

We thank the Windsor Essex Community for this opportunity and the participants featured, our staff and board for their unwavering support of efforts to improve Gender Equality. We also thank the Canadian Woman’s Foundation and the Gender Equality Network for amplifying our message across our nation and world.