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LiisBeth reports on and celebrates the work happening at the intersection of feminism + entrepreneurship + innovation. Our freedom dream envisions a care-centered, fair, inclusive, post 20th century capitalist economy. Our stories centre the enterprises, ideas, research and lived experiences lighting the way.

 

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The Equal Futures Summit Delivers

On June 7th and 8th, over 200 gender equity NGO’s, grassroots feminists, feminist organizations and women’s organization CEOs gathered-in person-at Carleton University in Ottawa. What was it like?

Read More »

Don't miss...

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DIVA OF DIVERSE ISSUES

Breaking patriarchal bonds, defying age-old norms, fighting social injustice… this activist, feminist and humanist takes centre stage yet again to raise awareness about violence against women.

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RADICAL IS BEAUTIFUL

Studies have been done about the hardships that Black female entrepreneurs face. The proposed solutions are literally steeped in capitalism & white supremacy.–Althea Branton

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IWD FOR US

International Women’s Day (#IWD2022) is over 100 years old. It creates connection. Amplifies important initiatives. So why “flip the script”?

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Are you passionate about a social justice cause and activism but don’t know how to interact with politicians? Then this workshop is for you! As activists, part of our job is lobbying politicians to support our cause, but to some this may be a daunting process. Canada has three levels of government, and you may be unsure which level to reach out to.

The workshop will present a brief overview of each government’s jurisdiction to give you a better understanding of who to contact depending on your cause.  You will also receive tips on how to interact with politicians at the municipal, provincial, and federal government in the Canadian context.

Speakers:

Paige Mason is a fourth-year political science major at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba. She has been a board member of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada since September 2020. She became interested in feminism and social justice advocacy as a teenager, which led her to pursue a degree in politics and become an activist for reproductive justice.

Paige has been involved with numerous feminist and human rights groups, such as representing her community in 2021 Daughters of the Vote, and volunteering with the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties, Justice4BlackLivesWinnipeg, the Manitoba NDP, and recently Access MB, a grassroots organization advocating for no-cost contraception. She has experience interacting with elected officials at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels and has worked as an executive assistant to a Winnipeg city councillor. Through her years as a political science student, Paige has gained extensive knowledge of the Canadian political system and has taken a specific interest in the intertwining of politics and abortion rights.

Date: June 18th (Saturday)

Location: Online

Cost: $10 

Register here. 

 

AMC2022 will explore emerging futures at the intersection of art, technology, education, media, and visionary resistance/organizing. It will convene nationally online and in-person for residents of Detroit, Metro Detroit, and communities throughout Michigan (occupied Anishinaabe, Peoria, and Meskwaki land) from June 30th – July 3rd, 2022. To make our conference as accessible and COVID-19 safe as possible, we are asking participants who are not located within the Detroit Metro Area to join us virtually.

Date: June 30-July 3rd

Location: Hybrid (Detroit and Online)

Cost: $75-500

For more information and to register

 

 

About the Event: 

The study of music from the perspective of feminist theory raises significant questions that transcend the methodologies of any one subdiscipline of music. Feminist Theory and Music (FT&M) has met biennially since 1991 to provide an international, transdisciplinary forum for scholarly thought about music in relation to gender and sexuality, as well as for performances that present such thought in sound and embodied action.

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Date: Thursday, July 7 to Sunday, July 10

Cost: $32.04-$83.79

Location:

Arts Research Centre, University of Guelph

50 Stone Road East

Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

To Register. 

 

Become more proactive, intentional, & effective in how your business advocates feminism & holds itself accountable to feminist communities.

About this event

By virtue of calling ours “feminist” businesses, we are making a public and personal commitment to holding ourselves accountable to feminist values and feminist communities. However, since there is no “Feminist Authority” to tell us when we’re meeting our commitments or straying from them, we need to develop our own systems of accountability.

In this workshop, we’ll explore several tactics being used in feminist businesses to hold ourselves accountable as individuals, as groups working together, as entities within marketplaces, and as actors/agents in a larger feminist movement.

Tactics we’ll discuss include (and won’t be limited to) accountability statements, quarterly scorecards, clearness meetings, accountability partners, and peer review teams.

We’ll also consider and help each other understand:

– what kinds of commitments make sense for ourselves and our businesses,

– how we can establish relationships within which we can hold brave and effective accountability conversations, and

– how we can participate in our feminist ecosystem to nudge each other forward with care and love.

Participants will leave with a fuller sense of what commitments they want to take on personally and as a business unit, how they want to be held accountable, and how they can contribute to and support other feminist businesses’ goals.

 

This workshop is best for:

  • People who are comfortable with saying that they advocate for a radically inclusive feminism (think “not White” or “not Lean-In”) and are open to exploring what they need to learn and do next.
  • Folks who are in the earliest stages of starting a business, a non-profit or community, a side hustle, or any beloved project and who want to pursue their venture in a more feminist way.
  • Folks who have already established a feminist business or non-profit enterprise, who want to clarify their path forwards.
  • This workshop will also be useful for people who mentor and/or lead business accelerators and women’s entrepreneurship programs, who want to understand how to support people and businesses with explicitly feminist business agendas.
  • People who are uncomfortable with feminisms that embrace all anti-oppression efforts and feminisms that envision a future where everyone and the planet flourishes may find that this workshop is not for them.

Date: July 11

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM EST

Location: Online

Cost: $30-$75

To learn more and register. 

Join us to celebrate women’s empowerment, share your glorifying uplifting stories, empower and inspire Toronto immigrants. This is the opportunity for you to network closely with some amazing business high-achievers, females thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, activists. (All Genders are Welcome).

Date: Friday, July 15

Time: 5:00-9:30 PM

LOCATION: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

TO REGISTER

COST: $0 – $250 (sponsors)

 

 

AGENDA

4.30pm – Networking, Meet IWB Influencers, Sponsors, Partners

5: 30pm – Speed Networking. 1min elevator pitch – Inspirational (3 best win prizes)

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6: 00pm – Find answers from our expert Entrepreneurs, Mentor-Mentee match, field-specific, you will get 30 min free mentoring session from influencers on sales, marketing, investment, customer acquisition, leadership, mindset, spirituality, biz start up, scalability, export/import, financial management, how to define your vision and strategy , sales forecasts, projections and resource needs.

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Enjoy delicious drinks and snacks, share collaborative networking, enjoy meaningful conversation and support IWB’s Mission to unite women to be change agents in the world and IWB’s Goal – accelerating women’s business ownership and strengthen their impact on the economy.

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Enjoy collaborative networking, enjoy meaningful conversation and support IWB’s Mission to unite women to be change agents in the world and IWB’s Goal – accelerating women’s business ownership and strengthen their impact on the economy. You will gain inspiration from remarkable IWB Founding Members as they share their experiences and offer insight into the world of business.

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6:30pm – Opening Keynote by Alex Ihama – Motivation, Darine BenAmara – Gender Equality, Stephen Clarke– Social Impact, Natasha E. FeghaliJanet Brown– Women Empowerment Naira Velumyan, Diversity Zaire Wanzambi & Peter Ratnikov– Youth Empowerment

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7.00pm – Book Launch ‘Narcissism’, Congratulations Marian Balogun

7:10pm – Circle of Unity & Love – candles, hearts, minute of silence, gratitude Jenny Kalimbet Mila Bezpala-Brown Olesya Kolisnyk

7:20pm – QUIZ by Jelena Solujic About Women’s Leaders – Win Prizes

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7:30pm – Inspirational Speeches by Entrepreneurs, Women-Leaders, Activists, IWB Founding Members 1 min each: Aziza ZarehEszter SebokMaria Carolina Ojeda, Annie HardockShirin AriffArnella Renda-TarantinoGila YefetZak Lioutas,, Kim SinghKacy ChohanMicky Gulati

7.45pm – City official Kinga Surma, MPP, MODERATOR: Dr. Doaa Mohsen

7:55 – Inspirational Heroes Irina JacobsonPapito Wilson and exciting announcement: Tony Simms will be inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame

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8:05 – Francine Mbvoumbo, New Program Launch Mothers to Daughters (M2D)

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CONTENT – ENCOURAGING POSITIVE IMPACTS

IWB promotes diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) and access. Diversity makes us more innovative, creative and leads to better decision-making, among all other positive impacts. We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming space which celebrates diversity of people and content across all communities.

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5:30 PM Speeches to Empower by Attendees and IWB members

MOTIVATION: Maria Carolina Ojeda, Inspirational Business Leader, helping you discover your PASSION & PURPOSE and Alex Ihama Global Leadership Speaker

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250 people will be attending this event. You must be registered. Seats are limited.

Sponsorship- and Exhibition opportunities are available to a limited few. Sponsors will shine in a powerful group.

Please Contact: Svetlana at 416.824.0015 info@immigrantwomeninbusiness.com for more information.

An image showing four panelists at the Gender Equality Summit 2022. All women.

The Equal Futures Summit Delivers

On June 7th and 8th, over 200 gender equity NGO’s, grassroots feminists, feminist organizations and women’s organization CEOs gathered-in person-at Carleton University in Ottawa. What was it like?

Read More »
Image of a south asian woman with mid length brown hair in a blue dress. Plants in the background.

DIVA OF DIVERSE ISSUES

Breaking patriarchal bonds, defying age-old norms, fighting social injustice… this activist, feminist and humanist takes centre stage yet again to raise awareness about violence against women.

Read More »

Don't miss...

A beige collage that has text that reads "Every morning I wake up on the wrong side of capitalism" as graphiti text, and a Banksy image of a bar code on a cart pulled by a white tiger"

RADICAL IS BEAUTIFUL

Studies have been done about the hardships that Black female entrepreneurs face. The proposed solutions are literally steeped in capitalism & white supremacy.–Althea Branton

Read More »

FREE DOWNLOADABLE 8-PAGE ZINE  Time to educate yourself on Canada’s abortion rights history, the current landscape of organizations working to maintain these rights, increase access and ideas about what YOU can do to ensure these rights are there for people who need them in the future. 

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

Episode #1: Farzana Doctor/Seven

Episode #2: Catherine Bush/Blaze Island

Episode #3: Nora Loretto/Take Back the Fight

Episode #4:  Leanne Betsamosake Simpson

Episode #5:  Shaena Lambert/Petra

Episode #6: Jael Richardson/Gutter Child

Episode #7: Rivera Sun/Winds of Change

Episode #8: Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo/The Queer Evangelist

Join Lana Pesch again 2022 for another series of intimate conversations with feminist authors at The Feminist Enterprise Commons. 

We are a non ad-based, open access, nonprofit indie media enterprise that funds its editorial work via reader and allied sponsor donations. 

In 2021, we published over 50 original feature stories about social justice centered  founders and their venture crafting work. We also published policy critiques, news and views from the intersectional feminist movement’s front lines, plus informative essays and “how to” articles.

Less than 10% of all indie media outlets in Canada are majority women led and/or owned. 

Let’s change that. 

Support our provocative, nourishing, indie story telling and advocacy work with a one time donation, by becoming an ally sponsor or by joining the FEC. 

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About Equal Futures 2022: A Gender Equality Summit Collaboration, Collective Action and Community Are you interested in advancing gender equality in your community? Are you looking to connect with gender equality champions, innovators and influencers?

Equal Futures 2022 is a unique opportunity to re-energize Canada’s gender equality movement by expanding the capacity of champions working to advance gender equality in communities across the country.

The Summit will be an inspiring platform to strengthen our collective actions in creating real, lasting change to advance gender equality and ensure equal futures for all from coast-to-coast-to-coast!

Summit objectives:

1. Bring the members of the gender equality movement in Canada together to deepen partnerships and build community connections;

2. Create authentic spaces for attendees that allows them to share knowledge, strengthen capacity and collaborate. 3. Provide a platform for the gender equality community to come together and push for collective action in the key areas that impact them.

Registration for our first-ever gender equality summit, Equal Futures 2022: A Gender Equality Summit, is now open! Taking place from June 7 to 8, 2022, the summit will be held at the beautiful Richcraft Halloverlooking the Rideau River, at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Date: June 7, 8  2022

Location: Ottawa (In Real Life)

Where: Carleton University (9376 University Dr, Ottawa, ON)
Conference will take place in Richcraft Hall.
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For more information and to register, visit:

Equal Futures 2022: A Gender Equality Summit

 

AMC2022 will explore emerging futures at the intersection of art, technology, education, media, and visionary resistance/organizing. It will convene nationally online and in-person for residents of Detroit, Metro Detroit, and communities throughout Michigan (occupied Anishinaabe, Peoria, and Meskwaki land) from June 30th – July 3rd, 2022. To make our conference as accessible and COVID-19 safe as possible, we are asking participants who are not located within the Detroit Metro Area to join us virtually.

Date: June 30-July 3rd

Location: Hybrid (Detroit and Online)

Cost: $75-500

For more information and to register

 

About the Event: 

The study of music from the perspective of feminist theory raises significant questions that transcend the methodologies of any one subdiscipline of music. Feminist Theory and Music (FT&M) has met biennially since 1991 to provide an international, transdisciplinary forum for scholarly thought about music in relation to gender and sexuality, as well as for performances that present such thought in sound and embodied action.

______________________________________

 

Date: Thursday, July 7 to Sunday, July 10

Cost: $32.04-$83.79

Location:

Arts Research Centre, University of Guelph

50 Stone Road East

Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

To Register. 

Become more proactive, intentional, & effective in how your business advocates feminism & holds itself accountable to feminist communities.

About this event

By virtue of calling ours “feminist” businesses, we are making a public and personal commitment to holding ourselves accountable to feminist values and feminist communities. However, since there is no “Feminist Authority” to tell us when we’re meeting our commitments or straying from them, we need to develop our own systems of accountability.

In this workshop, we’ll explore several tactics being used in feminist businesses to hold ourselves accountable as individuals, as groups working together, as entities within marketplaces, and as actors/agents in a larger feminist movement.

Tactics we’ll discuss include (and won’t be limited to) accountability statements, quarterly scorecards, clearness meetings, accountability partners, and peer review teams.

We’ll also consider and help each other understand:

– what kinds of commitments make sense for ourselves and our businesses,

– how we can establish relationships within which we can hold brave and effective accountability conversations, and

– how we can participate in our feminist ecosystem to nudge each other forward with care and love.

Participants will leave with a fuller sense of what commitments they want to take on personally and as a business unit, how they want to be held accountable, and how they can contribute to and support other feminist businesses’ goals.

 

This workshop is best for:

  • People who are comfortable with saying that they advocate for a radically inclusive feminism (think “not White” or “not Lean-In”) and are open to exploring what they need to learn and do next.
  • Folks who are in the earliest stages of starting a business, a non-profit or community, a side hustle, or any beloved project and who want to pursue their venture in a more feminist way.
  • Folks who have already established a feminist business or non-profit enterprise, who want to clarify their path forwards.
  • This workshop will also be useful for people who mentor and/or lead business accelerators and women’s entrepreneurship programs, who want to understand how to support people and businesses with explicitly feminist business agendas.
  • People who are uncomfortable with feminisms that embrace all anti-oppression efforts and feminisms that envision a future where everyone and the planet flourishes may find that this workshop is not for them.

Date: July 11

Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM EST

Location: Online

Cost: $30-$75

To learn more and register. 

Join us to celebrate women’s empowerment, share your glorifying uplifting stories, empower and inspire Toronto immigrants. This is the opportunity for you to network closely with some amazing business high-achievers, females thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, activists. (All Genders are Welcome).

Date: Friday, July 15

Time: 5:00-9:30 PM

LOCATION: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

TO REGISTER

COST: $0 – $250 (sponsors)

 

 

AGENDA

4.30pm – Networking, Meet IWB Influencers, Sponsors, Partners

5: 30pm – Speed Networking. 1min elevator pitch – Inspirational (3 best win prizes)

WOMEN's EMPOWERMENT, Social impact, Diversity, Equity &  Entrepreneurship image

6: 00pm – Find answers from our expert Entrepreneurs, Mentor-Mentee match, field-specific, you will get 30 min free mentoring session from influencers on sales, marketing, investment, customer acquisition, leadership, mindset, spirituality, biz start up, scalability, export/import, financial management, how to define your vision and strategy , sales forecasts, projections and resource needs.

WOMEN's EMPOWERMENT, Social impact, Diversity, Equity &  Entrepreneurship image

Enjoy delicious drinks and snacks, share collaborative networking, enjoy meaningful conversation and support IWB’s Mission to unite women to be change agents in the world and IWB’s Goal – accelerating women’s business ownership and strengthen their impact on the economy.

WOMEN's EMPOWERMENT, Social impact, Diversity, Equity &  Entrepreneurship image

Enjoy collaborative networking, enjoy meaningful conversation and support IWB’s Mission to unite women to be change agents in the world and IWB’s Goal – accelerating women’s business ownership and strengthen their impact on the economy. You will gain inspiration from remarkable IWB Founding Members as they share their experiences and offer insight into the world of business.

WOMEN's EMPOWERMENT, Social impact, Diversity, Equity &  Entrepreneurship image

6:30pm – Opening Keynote by Alex Ihama – Motivation, Darine BenAmara – Gender Equality, Stephen Clarke– Social Impact, Natasha E. FeghaliJanet Brown– Women Empowerment Naira Velumyan, Diversity Zaire Wanzambi & Peter Ratnikov– Youth Empowerment

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7.00pm – Book Launch ‘Narcissism’, Congratulations Marian Balogun

7:10pm – Circle of Unity & Love – candles, hearts, minute of silence, gratitude Jenny Kalimbet Mila Bezpala-Brown Olesya Kolisnyk

7:20pm – QUIZ by Jelena Solujic About Women’s Leaders – Win Prizes

WOMEN's EMPOWERMENT, Social impact, Diversity, Equity &  Entrepreneurship image

7:30pm – Inspirational Speeches by Entrepreneurs, Women-Leaders, Activists, IWB Founding Members 1 min each: Aziza ZarehEszter SebokMaria Carolina Ojeda, Annie HardockShirin AriffArnella Renda-TarantinoGila YefetZak Lioutas,, Kim SinghKacy ChohanMicky Gulati

7.45pm – City official Kinga Surma, MPP, MODERATOR: Dr. Doaa Mohsen

7:55 – Inspirational Heroes Irina JacobsonPapito Wilson and exciting announcement: Tony Simms will be inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame

WOMEN's EMPOWERMENT, Social impact, Diversity, Equity &  Entrepreneurship image

8:05 – Francine Mbvoumbo, New Program Launch Mothers to Daughters (M2D)

WOMEN's EMPOWERMENT, Social impact, Diversity, Equity &  Entrepreneurship image

CONTENT – ENCOURAGING POSITIVE IMPACTS

IWB promotes diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) and access. Diversity makes us more innovative, creative and leads to better decision-making, among all other positive impacts. We are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming space which celebrates diversity of people and content across all communities.

WOMEN's EMPOWERMENT, Social impact, Diversity, Equity &  Entrepreneurship image

5:30 PM Speeches to Empower by Attendees and IWB members

MOTIVATION: Maria Carolina Ojeda, Inspirational Business Leader, helping you discover your PASSION & PURPOSE and Alex Ihama Global Leadership Speaker

WOMEN's EMPOWERMENT, Social impact, Diversity, Equity &  Entrepreneurship image
WOMEN's EMPOWERMENT, Social impact, Diversity, Equity &  Entrepreneurship image

250 people will be attending this event. You must be registered. Seats are limited.

Sponsorship- and Exhibition opportunities are available. 

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