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Winsom is a multi-media installation artist whose instinctive works explore themes of freedom, survivance, resilience, renewal, and African spirituality within the context of the Black Atlantic experience.

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I Have a Seed

Althea Branton was interviewed by an intake manager at a startup accelerator. Shaken, she took her rage to the page.

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A More Accessible Future

It took a global pandemic to expose the dire need to improve digital accessibility for people with disabilities. Closed Caption Services is helping address the gap.

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Prospects for a She-covery?

It’s no surprise the election debates were more squabbling than substance. Here are a few thoughts on where I stand on the most important issues for women.

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The Global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence against women is an international campaign that runs from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10th.

This 16-day campaign links a variety of related dates including Nov. 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day; Dec. 1, World AIDS Day; and Dec.6, which marks the Anniversary of the Canadian  Montreal Massacre. 

We call on business owners everywhere to a) educate themselves on GBV 2) consider internal policies and culture that contribute to GBV 3) Support groups who dedicate themselves to this cause. 

To learn more, visit the campaign website

And check out the excellent Comox Valley/B.C.  campaign for inspiration. 

Noteworthy Events

Ontario’s Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA) was proclaimed on October 19th, 2021. Nonprofits and charities incorporated in Ontario will have 3 years to update their bylaws and letters patent to comply with ONCA. This webinar will walk through what is new in the ONCA, steps nonprofits need to take to transition to the ONCA, and how CLEO’s free resources can help you create ONCA compliant bylaws from scratch or adapt your current bylaws. To learn more about the ONCA visit nonprofitlaw.cleo.on.ca. This session is for organizations who have already incorporated.

Date: November 25, 2021, 12:00pm ET

Where: Online

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ontarios-not-for-profit-corporations-act-primer-tickets-198439667387

Cost: Free

#NDOC is a commemorative day focused on encouraging conversations about sexual harrassment in the charitable and non profit sectors.  You can leave more about the initiative by visiting the website. 

The FEC is so pleased to announce that Judy Rebick ( Canada’s most well known feminist) will serve as a feminist coach in residence for three months!

Join us for our last conversation session in 2021 on November 29th. The topic? Can Feminism End Capitalism?

Time: 4:00-5:00 PM EDT

Location: Online

 

Join us for an insightful, FREE webinar that will demystify the complexities around launching a purpose-driven online store.

Lina Ravelojaona is a social entrepreneur dedicated to positively impacting women’s employability and financial autonomy through her e-commerce businesses and supporting non-profit organizations in their mission of helping Ontario’s francophone entrepreneurs.

Date: November 30, 2021, 6:00pm ET

Location: Online

Register here: https://www.globalimpacthub.org/starting-your-e-commerce-business

Cost: Free

The Women Business Wellness conference is designed to Connect, Inspire and Empower women of diverse backgrounds with business, wellness resources and information. Our speakers and presenters are community leaders and experts in the fields of business, marketing, health and wellness.

Date: December 1, 2021, 6:00pm ET

Location: Online

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/6th-annual-women-business-wellness-conference-tickets-188714328637?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch&keep_tld=1

Cost: Free

Join us as Dr. Wendy Cukier, one of Canada’s leading experts in disruptive technologies, innovation processes and diversity, speaks on the importance of women’s entrepreneurship as an economic driver in Canada. An internationally renowned researcher and speaker, and national director of the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH), Dr. Cukier will present the most recent findings and implications of WEKH’s ground breaking research.

Date: December 1, 2021, 6:00pm ET

Location: Online

Register here: https://wekh.ca/event-directory/

Cost: Free

Hosted by the Feminist Alliance for Rights (FAR) at CWGL and the Global 16 Days Campaign.

Date: December 1, 2021, 8:00am ET

Location: Online

Register here:https://rutgers.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvdumqqDktGtRS1hi5qA8Ehaw5alUKjywJ

Cost: Free

Discussing recent curatorial projects that bring values of mutual care to the fore, Helena Reckitt considers how they support Joan Tronto’s advocation of ‘caring with,’ based in “plurality, communication, trust and respect; solidarity” (Tronto, Caring Democracy, 2013). Reckitt takes a self-critical look at the values of competition, ambition and professionalism that shaped her previous working habits as an institutional curator to advocate for different curatorial approaches that embrace transparency, vulnerability, and co-dependence. By shifting attention away from public performances of radicalism and criticality towards under-valued, behind-the-scenes activities, she suggests that these endeavours are placeholders for less exploitative ways of working, producing, and coexisting.

Date: December 2, 2021, 12:30pm ET

Location: Online

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/feminist-curating-and-care-possibilities-and-limits-tickets-208538001777?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch&keep_tld=1

Cost: Free

Minimising pain, maximising joy: what is prosperity in a world of dispossession, disposability and violence?

About the speaker: Gargi Bhattacharyya is Professor of Sociology at the University of East London. Gargi writes and teaches on issues of racism, sexuality, austerity and racial capitalism. Their publications include: Dangerous Brown Men (Zed, 2008), Crisis, austerity and everyday life (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Rethinking Racial Capitalism (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018).

Date: December 2, 2021, 11:00am ET

Where: Online

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/what-is-prosperity-in-a-world-of-dispossession-disposability-and-violence-tickets-161228487747?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch&keep_tld=1

Cost: Free

Hosted by the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada. Session 1: BIPOC Perspectives with guests Nancy Allen, Betty Hines, Camelia Mazard and Brooke Sinclair

A great opportunity for Canadian business advisors and entrepreneurs to:

  • Join leaders from the women’s entrepreneurial ecosystem in the U.S. for an insightful discussion about success in the U.S. market.
  • Hear about opportunities and challenges from members of the BIPOC business community
  • Expand your perspective and grow your network

Guest speakers:

  • Nancy Allen – CEO & President , Women’s Business Development Council of Florida
  • Betty Hines – The Strategist for Women Executives and Entrepreneurs
  • Camelia Mazard – Organization of Women in International Trade; Partner at Doyle, Barlow & Mazard PLLC
  • Brooke Sinclair – CEO, Velourit

Date: December 2, 2021, 1:00pm ET 

Where: Online

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cross-border-perspectives-womens-entrepreneurship-diversity-in-the-us-tickets-208779985557?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Cost: Free

A Crash Course on the Autistic Community

You’re invited to our final public programming event of the year hosted by the Feminist Enterprise Commons (FEC). Tickets are free for members of the FEC or can be purchased on Eventbrite for members of the general public.

Have you ever “Lit it up blue” for World Autism Awareness Day or donated to Autism Speaks? If so, it’s time to hear directly from an autistic person and facilitator about how the autistic community actually feels about these actions. Join Raya Shields (MA) on Thursday, December 2 for an informative crash course on the autistic community. Topics will include:

✦ An introduction to autism from the perspective of autistic folks
✦ Discussion of neuro-diversity & autistic identity
✦ Myths & facts about autism
✦ The medical vs the social model of disability as they pertain to autism
✦ Basic principles of respectful engagement with autistic folks
✦ Sensory and communication differences between autistic and allistic people, and how to bridge these
✦ Practical tips for allies and making events/spaces welcoming to autistic participants
 
Date: Tuesday December 2nd, 7:00-8:30 PM EDT
Location: Online
Cost: PWYC

Stay tuned for more public programming coming in the new year! 

To discover member-only programming, join the Feminist Enterprise Commons today! 

Launched in 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria, the annual Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) is Africa’s leading women entrepreneurship conference and awards event. The platform is an international gathering of 1,300+ entrepreneurs, startups, thought leaders, policymakers, international development partners, investors, CSOs, academia, and media for dialogue and discussions on issues of women empowerment, entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation in Africa.

AWIEF2021 will take place as a hybrid event on 2nd and 3rd December 2021 with the theme “Advancing inclusive, resilient and sustainable growth in the post-COVID-19 African economy.”

Date: December 2, 2021; December 3, 2021

Location: Online

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/7th-africa-women-innovation-and-entrepreneurship-forum-awief-2021-registration-166077545409?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch&keep_tld=1

Cost: Free

In this presentation, Zahra Khosroshahi discusses her current book project on the works of Iranian women filmmakers both inside and outside the country. She explores the ways in which women’s filmmaking confronts gender and representation, challenges the male gaze, and speaks from a position of agency.

Date: December 3, 2021

Time: $:00 PM EDT

Cost: Free

Location: Online

Register here. 

On November 16th, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)  launched the 2020/2021 Women’s Entrepreneurship Report. At the next DIRI Researcher Roundtable, please join us for a panel discussion with GEM’s team of international researchers on the gaps, challenges, and opportunities for female entrepreneurs, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learn about the latest findings in global and regional trends in entrepreneurship activity rates, informal investment, and the importance of women’s entrepreneurship for advancing economic growth and gender equality as part of the global SDGs.

When: December 8, 2021, 11:00am ET  

Where: Online

Register: https://web.cvent.com/event/1339ccaa-dd80-4987-b5ba-3d7a7fdfc127/summary?_ga=2.82649942.1100726735.1637291583-150855958.1637291583

Big Blue Marble welcomes Kyla Schuller for a discussion about the history of racism within Feminist movements, “The Trouble with White Women: A Counterhistory of Feminism.” Kyla will be in conversation with guest Sarah Mesle, Senior Editor at Los Angeles Review of Books.

In “The Trouble with White Women,” Schuller brings to life the two-hundred-year counter history of Black, Indigenous, Latina, poor, queer, and trans women pushing back against white feminists and uniting to dismantle systemic injustice. These feminist heroes such as Frances Harper, Harriet Jacobs, and Pauli Murray have created an anti-racist feminism for all. But we don’t speak their names and we don’t know their legacies. Unaware of these intersectional leaders, feminists have been led down the same dead-end alleys generation after generation, often working within the structures of racism, capitalism, homophobia, and transphobia rather than against them.

Date: December 8, 2021, 8:00pm ET   

Where: Online

Register now: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/kyla-schuller-the-trouble-with-white-women-a-counterhistory-of-feminism-tickets-189319468627?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch&keep_tld=1

Price: By donation 

Are you an Indigenous woman who is ready to take her business idea to the next step? Starting and creating your own business is life-changing, and it can be fun, exciting and challenging. The purpose of this introductory session is to provide you with information about:

Entrepreneurship, to help you decide if owning a business is for you.

Whether the timing is right for you to start a business venture.

The topics for discussion include:

  • What is my vision?
  • Is running a business truly for me?
  • Where can I find the information I need to develop a plan?
  • What financial information do I need to know?
  • What is entrepreneurship?
  • Realities of owning your own business

When: December 9, 2021, 12:30pm ET 

Where: Online

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/indigenous-women-entrepreneurs-are-you-ready-for-entrepreneurship-tickets-208229679577?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

Cost: Free

Join FEC’ers (members of the Feminist Enterprise Commons Community) for holiday cheer on Tuesday, December 21st from 5:00-6:30 EDT on ZOOM. 

The Feminist Enterprise Commons is an online commmunity of now over 150 members. We talk about feminism+ entrepreneurship and the future of the world. 

This is a member only event.  To sign up, visit https://feministenterprisecommons.mn.co/feed

Hosted by the Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada. Guest speakers coming soon.

Date: January 12, 2022, 1:00pm ET 

Location: Online

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cross-border-perspectives-womens-entrepreneurship-diversity-in-the-us-tickets-208855922687?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Cost: Free

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A Black woman wearing a red scarf entrepreneur gazing outside a window.

I Have a Seed

Althea Branton was interviewed by an intake manager at a startup accelerator. Shaken, she took her rage to the page.

Read More »
A mature indigenous woman with blond hair smiles over her shoulder. She is wearing large hoop earrings and a lavender blouse

A More Accessible Future

It took a global pandemic to expose the dire need to improve digital accessibility for people with disabilities. Closed Caption Services is helping address the gap.

Read More »

Don't miss...

Prospects for a She-covery?

It’s no surprise the election debates were more squabbling than substance. Here are a few thoughts on where I stand on the most important issues for women.

Read More »
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Highlight Reels For All Six Episodes from Season One/Two Now Available on Youtube. 

Episode #1: Farzana Doctor/Seven

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Join Lana Pesch again in fall 2021 for another series of intimate conversations with feminist authors at The Feminist Enterprise Commons. 

Noteworthy Events

Date: Wednesday, Oct 27th

Time: 12:00 – 13:00 EDT

To Register click here:

Cost: Free

Host: Following the Affective Turn

Location: Online

Country: UK

About

Dr Xine Yao will lecture on race and anti-sociality in affect studies, as part of Following The Affective Turn’s Summer lecture series.

Lecture description

How might “I don’t care” operate as self-care and open up new forms of sociality precisely because of its antisociality?

I propose “unfeeling” as the term towards a methodology that refuses the demand for the marginalized to prove their affective interiorities as evidence of their humanity. In my research I argue that racialized and queer unfeeling dissents from expectations of expressive and responsive affective labour according to sentimental biopolitics.I

In doing so, I follow from queer of colour theorist Martin Manalansan IV’s figuration of disaffection in its causal, affective, and political senses. The negativity of “unfeeling” registers how minoritarian affects are occluded in the American culture of sentiment; instead, I take this demonization of affective tactics of survival and resistance as indicative of the insurgent potential of alternative structures of feeling.

The term ‘”unfeeling” intervenes in the inadequacies of affect theory to address race through the antisocial turn. I share how “unfeeling” brings together.

Speaker: 

Dr Xine Yao is Lecturer in American Literature to 1900 at University College London. Her first book is Disaffected: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling in Nineteenth-Century America which has won Duke University Press’s Scholars of Color First Book Award (October 2021). Her honours include the American Studies Association’s Yasuo Sakakibara Essay Prize and her research has been supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is a BBC Radio 3/AHRC New Generation Thinker and the co-host of PhDivas Podcast.

Dates: October 25, 27, 29. 

Location: Online

Cost: $36.00 – $85 (for recordings)

To register, click here

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Questioning Current Structures and Cultivating Our Radical Imagination

We’re never gonna survive unless… we get a little… creative!

Are you ready for an online conference that is anything but business as usual?

Want to spread your creative wings, have daily stretching time, and dream together?

As Toni Morrison says, “If you can’t imagine it, you can’t have it.” We have to imagine the world we want to bring to fruition. The first person who made a car, had never seen a car. The first person who made an airplane had never seen an airplane.

Anjali Nath Upadhyay and D’Juan Owens say, if we’re going to envision a world after patriarchy, it’s going to take some belief, and you’ve got to be picky about who you let into your space. Safeguard your imagination. This is our time to speak truth about power. 

Here is where we talk with each other with the intent to act. 

Oppression wants us to be pessimistic. This has to start in our imaginations. Get ready for a revolutionary battery recharge.

What will you learn?
  • How to remake the nonprofit sector and begin again
  • How to remake your life for the better as your priorities shift
  • Seeing white supremacy inside our organizations and how to shift it
  • What’s wrong with philanthropy and how we solve it
  • How and why to remake your fundraising strategies with a social justice lens, and MORE!
Join APA’s Women & Planning Division to hear from Feminist City author, Leslie Kern, PhD. Q&A and networking to follow

About this event

Join APA’s Women & Planning Division to hear from preeminent gender and cities researcher, Leslie Kern, PhD. She is the author of two books on gender and cities, including Feminist City: Claiming Space in a Man-Made World (Verso). She is an associate professor of geography and environment and director of women’s and gender studies at Mount Allison University, in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. Kern’s research has earned a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Award, a National Housing Studies Achievement Award, and several national multi-year grants. She is also an award-winning teacher. Kern’s writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vox, Bloomberg CityLab, and Refinery29. She is also an academic career coach, where she helps academics find meaning and joy in their work. Kern’s next book project is an intersectional guide to gentrification, forthcoming from Between the Lines Books in 2022.

Date: Nov 10

Time: 6:00-8:00 PM EDT

Cost: $0-$5.00

Register here. 

The Canadian federal government recently committed to a new target that would see at least five percent of federal contracts awarded to businesses managed and led by Indigenous Peoples—which translates to over $1.1 billion in spending every year.

This target seeks to leverage public procurement to help grow Indigenous businesses and improve the socio-economic conditions of Indigenous communities across the country.

As part of our Demystifying Procurement & Diversifying the Supply Chain series, WEKH is bringing together leaders from the Indigenous entrepreneurship ecosystem as well as government and service organizations to discuss how Indigenous women business-owners can find and successfully compete for lucrative public contracts.

Time: 1:00-2:30 PM EDT

Cost: Free

Register here.

Building a more just feminist politics for today requires a reawakening, a return to the movement’s genuine vanguards and visionaries. Their compelling stories, campaigns, and conflicts reveal the true potential of feminist liberation. The Trouble with White Women gives feminists today the tools to fight for the flourishing of all.

Kyla Schuller is Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Faculty Director of the Women’s Global Health Leadership Certificate Program at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. She is the author of The Biopolitics of Feeling: Race, Sex, and Science in the Nineteenth Century, and her writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Post Road.

Schuller will be in conversation with Brittney Cooper, the co-editor of The Crunk Feminist Collection and Feminist AF: A Guide to Crushing Girlhood. She is author of Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women and Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower. In particular, this work interrogates the manner in which public Black women have theorized racial identity and gender politics, and the methods they used to operationalize those theories for the uplift of Black communities. Along with work on black female public intellectuals, Dr. Cooper studies Black women’s organizations as sites for the production of intellectual thought.

Date and time

Sat, November 20, 2021

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Cost: PWYC

Register here. 

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