Women, Work and Empowerment panel

Monday, March 2, 2009


Written by Scott Gilbert

The Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity presents an International Women’s Day Panel Discussion on Women, Work and Empowerment. This event is taking place Thursday March 5 from 7-8:30pm at the University of Guelph in room 103 of the University Centre. The panelists will be speaking about childcare issues, health effects of shift work on women, migrant worker unionization and the live-in caregiver program and the panelists are:

Jenny Robinson
Executive Director
Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care

Sima Sahar Zerehi
National Representative
United Food and Commercial Workers of Canada

Michelle Tew
Occupational Health Nurse
Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers

Joy C. Sioson
Philippine Women’s Centre of Ontario

The panel will be moderated by Janice Folk Dawson, president of CUPE 1334 and Chair of the Ontario University Workers Coordinating Committee.

This event is wheel chair accessible, refreshments will be provided and childcare and ESL translation service can be provided given 72 hours notice of the event. Please contact .

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  1. Posted by: chita on Mar 5, 2009 @ 11:48am


  2. Posted by: chita on Mar 5, 2009 @ 4:53pm

    Kamusta GRCGED:  I am concerned in particular with one of the speakers of this event, Joy Soison, who, for this event is supposedly speaking for the rights of Filipino migrant women.  
    Through my extensive research and knowing caregivers locally, I have found that certain messages of the PWC are against both a pro labour and migrant rights perspective. Primarily, she advocates for the scrapping of the LCP without offering any sort of alternative or providing a hint of the reality of what would happen to the livelihoods of Caregivers if the scraping of the LCP occurred. Also, they barely do consulting with caregivers.

    I'm concerned that GRCGED has not adequately connected with people locally in Guelph (e.g., Migrante Ontario) who are working with the issue of safeguarding the rights of women migrant workers in Canada, particularly issues re. caregivers, as well as unionizing caregivers.  I recommend that further work be done on your part to hear from those who are working in direct contact with the marginalized group of people that you are claiming to advocate for in this event, especially those working in Guelph in this way.   

    I find this to be actually anti-feminist.  I think GRCGED should

  3. Posted by: chita on Mar 5, 2009 @ 4:55pm

    I think GRCGED should be concerned about this. 

    Because of my deep concern and connections with many caregivers, I am upset and worried that this speaker in this event could actually negatively effect the fight for justice for migrant workers, especially for migrant women.  

    I also am aware that GRCGED has hired this speaker in the past and will also hire her in the future.  To make any future events a more successful event, I urge you to provide an opportunity for another speaker to propose a different proposed solution other than scraping to the LCP, which is a campaign that is fully and actively endorsed by the PWC.

    Personally, I'm deeply connected to this issue.  I think it needs more attention.  

    I respect the intent of what GRCGED is professing to address.  

    I think if you had done more research, you might have picked a different speaker. 

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