Women in Development: The Future of the NGO

What does the future of international development look like? As policy shifts begin to strip away the discriminatory colonial and patriarchal threads woven into today’s development work, the narrative for North American involvement and for those considering related careers is rapidly changing. While it’s been a quiet rumbling over the past 10-20 years, the COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically changing the pace and cadence of this transition.What does this evolving narrative mean for those who believe in empowering women and girls, in strengthening the vulnerable, and in the potential for transferring resources from the global North to the global South?To answer these questions, we’ve invited Barbara Grantham (President and CEO, CARE Canada) and Katie Smith Milway (Principal, Milway Consulting and Sr. Advisor, The Bridgespan Group) to offer insight into how the current generation of female leadership operates in the development and NGO spheres and the colleagues to which they will be passing the torch, Simran Singh (Director of Global Programs, CARE Canada), and Shazeen Virani (Founder and Principal of ByVirtue Consulting), as the paradigm of international development continues to evolve.

À quoi ressemble le futur du développement international? Alors que les changements de politique commencent à éliminer les fils discriminatoires coloniaux et patriarcaux tissés dans le travail de développement d’aujourd’hui, le récit de l’engagement Nord-Américain et de ceux qui envisagent des carrières connexes évolue rapidement. Bien que cela ait été un grondement silencieux au cours des 10 à 20 dernières années, la pandémie COVID-19 change radicalement le rythme et la cadence de cette transition.Que signifie cette évolution de parcours pour ceux qui croient en l’autonomisation des femmes, au renforcement des personnes vulnérables, et au potentiel de transfert de ressources de l’Hémisphère Nord vers le Sud?Afin de répondre à ces questions, nous avons invité Barbara Grantham (Présidente et PDG, CARE Canada), Katie Smith Milway (Directrice, Milway Consulting et Conseillère Principale, The Bridgespan Group), Simran Singh (Directrice des Programmes Mondiaux, CARE Canada), et Shazeen Virani (Fondatrice et Directrice de ByVirtue Consulting) pour nous donner un aperçu du fonctionnement de la génération actuelle de leadership feminin dans les sphères du développement international et des ONG.REJOIGNEZ-NOUS ICI: Sujet: Panneau de Discussion – Femmes dans le DéveloppementQuand? Le 8 Octobre 2020 à 19h00 Eastern Time (US et Canada)

JOIN HERE: Topic: Women in Development Panel Discussion
Time: Oct 8, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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MWIL Holiday Food Drive for Centre des Femmes de Montreal

This winter, MWIL is helping collect food and toy donations for the Centre des Femmes des Montreal’s 42nd annual holiday campaign. Holidays are particularly difficult for women who struggle with poverty and isolation, so each year Centre des Femmes de Montreal makes and distributes about 750 food and gift baskets so that these women and their families can more easily enjoy the holiday season.

Centre des Femmes de Montreal is a local organization created by women for women. The centre focuses on helping women achieve self-sufficiency through personal and job support programs as well as group activities. They work with an array of clients including unemployed women, newcomers, pregnant women and mothers, and Indigenous women.

MWIL x PSSA: Women in Politics Panel + Wine and Cheese

Join the McGill Women in Leadership and Political Science Students’ Association on November 22nd from 6:00 – 8:00PM for a panel on Women in Politics, followed by a short Q&A, and wine and cheese. We will be announcing speakers shortly.

Attendance is free and wine, cheese, and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Smart casual attire is recommended. We look forward to seeing you there.

It’s On Us x MWIL Public Workshop

It’s On Us in a group on campus focusing on creating a survivor-supportive university culture as well as educating students on consent, bystander awareness, survivor support, and sexual violence prevention/de-stigmatization. Come to It’s On Us’ first public workshop, focusing on survivor support and bystander awareness in partnership with McGill Women in Leadership. Learn about how you can make a difference on campus in a safe, positive and inclusive space… snacks included!

Content warning: The presentation will contain mentions of sexual violence

MWIL x FBU Presents: Women in Fashion

MWIL, in collaboration with Fashion Business Uncovered, present to you: Women in Fashion. Our panel discussion includes amazing and successful women who have come to share their experiences as women in the fashion industry. All students in the McGill community who are interested in pursuing careers in the fashion industry are encouraged to come!

There will be a moderated discussion, followed by a question period.

MWIL Presents: Women in International Business

In collaboration with Agnes Bourgeois, McGill Women in Leadership is presenting a roundtable discussion on female international experience, with a focus on women in finance.

Agnes Bourgeois had an international career in Institutional Finance starting in Tokyo working in Japanese Capital Markets in the 1980s before moving to Sydney to work in junk-bond trading. Finally, she worked in Paris and Hong Kong until 2015 in Asset Management, specializing in Asian investment strategies before becoming a life coach.

Agnes has also written a dissertation on Women and Leadership as part of her MSc in International Management at the University of London.

MWIL’s Women in Comedy Night

You’ve been waiting for it and now it’s finally here!
MWIL will officially be hosting a Women in Comedy night on November 24th from 8:30 PM-11:00 PM in Room 401 of SSMU.
This event is a comedy night for women, by women! A portion of the evening will be open-mic so we will be looking for comedians interested in performing! If you would like to apply please e-mail our VP Fundraiser Mary Thieffry at fundraisers.mcgillwil@gmail.com expressing your interest!

MWIL Talks #MeToo

In light of the current #MeToo movement on social media, MWIL would like to open up a discussion for everyone to share their thoughts. The discussion will be a dialogue with McGill’s Professors Kelly Gordon and Dr.Shariff. This event is not a counselling session, but a place to dialogue with professors on the issue and the movement. A list of resources at McGill to support students will be made available. We will also be giving out free brownies ❤️
Inspirées par le récent mouvement #MoiAussi sur les réseaux sociaux, MWIL voudrait créer une discussion où tout le monde peuvent partager leur opinion. La discussion sera un dialogue avec les professeurs de McGill Kelly Gordon et Dr.Shariff. Cet événement n’est pas une séance de psy, mais un lieu de dialogue avec des professeurs sur le mouvement et le sujet en général. Une liste de ressources disponibles aux étudiants de McGill sera disponible.

Woman of the Week – Kate Deveau

Introducing this week’s Woman of the Week, Kate Deveau!

When asked what leadership means to her, she says:

“Leadership is about caring. Leaders who care deeply about something can inspire that same sense of care in like-minded others. Successful change is rooted in assembling an inspired team that has the ability to execute on ideas, but none of this can be accomplished without first agreeing on a mutual matter to care about. Beyond care, it is also about identifying a clear direction, instilling confidence, and having an unwavering conviction to achieve the goals of the team. Without care, leadership is soulless. Without action, care is for naught.”

Kate is a 2L in the Faculty of Law, on her way to receiving a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L/LL.B.). She received her Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership from the University of New Brunswick where she was recognized as a Sir Howard Douglas Scholar. This program provided opportunities for her to intern with the Child and Youth Advocate’s Office in Fredericton and the Graham Boeckh Foundation in Montreal as well as a three-month human rights volunteer placement in Malawi, Africa. At law school, Kate is currently the Director of Outreach for DALA (Droit Autrement /Legal Alternative), a faculty club that highlights unconventional legal careers in the evolving world of the legal profession.

PC: Chloe Lim

A Day in the Life with Tofunmi Odugbemi

Tofunmi Odugbemi is a U3 Honours Political Science student with a Minor in African Studies. Tofunmi will be taking over MWIL’s Snapchat this THURSDAY OCTOBER 20TH (a.k.a. TOMORROW!!!) in her role as the president of the McGill Political Science Students Association – PSSA:

“Hey y’all! My name is Tofunmi and I’m currently in my last year at McGill. I was born in Nigeria, lived in South Africa and Lesotho before finally immigrating to Canadian Prairies. My life, at present, consists of the occasional meltdown over my honours thesis and night terrors about law school applications. The Political Science Students’ Association (PSSA) represents all students enrolled in major, minor, honours, and joint-honours undergraduate degrees in the department of Political Science at McGill University. We hold both academic and social events throughout the year and have numerous events coming in the next couple of months. This Thursday, I will be taking over MWIL’s Snapchat and you can experience a day in my shoes! I’ll walk you through what it’s like to have four classes in one day, how to survive office hours in the coldest office in Leacock (prepare for an inane amount of Snapchat facial filters), and how awesome Bar des Arts is––especially when they showcase the incredible Department of Political Science/PSSA. Come watch me be my spirited and talkative self (brush up on pop-culture because that is my vernacular) and I’ll see you on Thursday!”

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