Calgary recognizes inuagural Gender Equality Week with four ways for Calgarians to participate

September 23rd to 29th, 2018 marks the inaugural Gender Equality Week across Canada. This year, Calgary celebrates the 100th anniversary of Annie Gale swearing in as the first woman City Councillor in Canada.

“It is incredibly important that we celebrate the contributions of Annie Gale while also realizing the work we have to do to create true gender equity in our community and our institutions,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “I’m proud of the work The City of Calgary and the Annie Gale Project—with the support of my own team in the Office of the Mayor—is doing to honour Annie Gale and participate in Gender Equality Week.”

The City of Calgary is hosting four initiatives to highlight the past and demonstrate our city’s commitment to advancing gender equity and diversity in the pursuit of equal opportunities and outcomes for all.

Calgarians can walk through a display in the municipal building highlighting historical documents and photographs that explore women and their societal evolution. Themes of the display pieces include Annie Gale's election as the first women City Councillor in Canada, and the changing roles of women during World War I and II. The display, titled A Woman’s Place, can be viewed from Monday, Sept. 24 to Friday, Oct. 19.

On Monday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m., the Women’s Centre is hosting a feminist walk to uncover the HERstories of our neighbouring communities. This walk highlights the amazing women who have worked to make our communities stronger and discuss what still needs to be done.

A panel discussion featuring local leaders in the advancement of gender issues in Calgary will be held in Council Chambers on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 12 p.m. Panelists include:

  • Michelle Robinson, Community Advocate and 2017 Municipal Councillor Candidate

  • Alexa Briggs, Manager Policy and Research, Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations

  • Dr. Nancy Janovicek, University of Calgary Associate Professor of History and Founder/Chair of the Annie Gale Project

  • Moderator: Sue Tomney, CEO YWCA

Bookending the panel discussion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the municipal building will be a resource fair of Calgary nonprofit and community organizations. They will answer questions and talk about their impactful work to advance gender equality through support for diverse women and gender diverse people.

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