International Women's Week

International Women’s Week 

In Conversation with Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard

Dalhousie University is proud to host an in-depth conversation with Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard. A highly regarded social worker, educator, researcher, community activist and advocate for social change, Dr. Bernard will share stories from her life, and reflect on past experiences and successes. Media may attend the event and Dr. Bernard will have availability to speak with media following the event.

Event: Friday, March 10, 2017, Dalhousie Student Union Building – Council Chambers (2nd floor); 12:00 - 1:30pm

Indigenous Women’s rights advocate, Patti-Doyle-Bedwell

Patti Doyle-Bedwell is a lawyer, Indigenous women’s rights advocate, author and professor of International Human Rights Law and Indigenous Peoples at Dalhousie University. Ms. Doyle-Bedwell recently served on a national RCMP panel on violence against Aboriginal Women. Ms. Doyle-Bedwell welcomes the opportunity for input on enhancing crime-prevention programs and identify policing gaps to help reduce and prevent the victimization of indigenous women. She has also presented on Indigenous women’s issues such as discrimination, employment equity, education and health.

Women, aging and retirement - Dr. Liesl Gambold

Dr. Liesl Gambold is an Associate Professor in Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie, and the Acting Coordinator for Gender and Women’s Studies. Much of her research looks at aging and retirement, with a focus on women and LGBTQ populations. In particular Dr. Gambold has looked at that growing trend of single retired women, more than single men, choosing to settle in a foreign country. Economic concerns are often the driving force behind their decision. The cost of living in Canada, the United States or England can be quite high, pensions can be threatened, and women outlive men. So an international retirement becomes a viable strategy for those women concerned about living off their pensions at home.

New HIV testing innovation important for health of women – Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan

Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan, Interim Director, School of Health & Human Performance and
Director of the Gender and Health Promotion Studies Unit can speak to increased access to and uptake of HIV testing, and important health issue for women worldwide. Dr. Gahagan is particularly concerned about lack of access to a 'new' testing innovation called 'INSTI' which, although approved by Health Canada in 2005, it is still not available in the Atlantic region. The test gives results – taken from a single drop of blood – in minutes. Dr. Gahagan has also shared her expertise with the Federal Minister of Health and the Public Health Agency on sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs), and why testing is so important to reduce the burden on Canadians. She’ll be sharing her insights through a webinar on March 8, 11am (register at:  1-800-263-1638 ext. 230)

How women use rock and roll to challenge masculine traditions – Brittnay Greening, Grad Student

Brittany Greening, a graduate student in the Department of Musicology, is conducting research on how women have used rock n' roll music and culture to effectively challenge masculinist traditions in music. Through her extensive research on female rock and roll artists, particularly the great Patti Smith, Brittany has determined how women can use rock and roll music and culture as their own forms of self-expression and empowerment.

Breastfeeding reduces pain for newborns – Britney Benoit, Grad Student

Britney Benoit, a PhD candidate in the School of Nursing, is researching the benefits of breastfeeding in reducing pain for newborns. Benoit is conducting a clinical trial to determine infants behavioural and brain responses to pain. By examining these responses, Benoit hopes to determine ways, including breastfeeding, to eliminate pain in infants. If breastfeeding is shown to relieve newborn pain, this research would support the power of mothers in promoting their baby’s wellbeing.