Momentum for change

On Saturday, June 15 over 200 women came together during Make One Change: A Women’s Gathering to share experiences and talk in-depth about issues affecting the lives of women. This very inspiring and powerful day was shared with several thought leaders, dozens of volunteers and many women from the community who united with a common goal – to create change.

Many recommendations came out of the gathering. Some policy-focused ideas that were presented include the adoption of a progressive tax system in Alberta, decreased isolation of immigrant women through increased services, improved access to affordable, quality childcare, and removal of unnecessary salutations and gender identifiers from applications, forms and government documentation.

At Make One Change, presenters and attendees joined together in a knowledge café to share learnings and to individually commit to three actions for change. Examples include…

  • Join a political party & assist in next election.
  • Learn more about native culture to work more effectively, empathetically and proactively with native women.
  • Sign and support a petition to control rent in Alberta.
  • Seek out initiatives making food more accessible in my neighborhood/ward and contribute my resources.

Make One Change 2013Once all actions for change have been compiled, we will share the list on our website and update it periodically as change makers report to us on their progress.

To keep the momentum going, as well as provide an opportunity for those tho were unable to attend the event to get involved, we have invited the groups that presented at Make One Change to each host a session as part of our regular workshop series at the Women’s Centre.

Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the success of Make One Change! We are excited to continue working together to create change for women.

Click here to see photos from the event. A special thank you to our volunteer photographers for the event: Nathalie Caron, Karissa Gall and Shannon MacKinnon.

Photo by Nathalie Caron

Photo by Nathalie Caron

Photo by Karissa Gall

Photo by Karissa Gall

Photo by Karissa Gall

Photo by Karissa Gall

Photo by Shannon MacKinnon

Photo by Shannon MacKinnon

Photo by Shannon MacKinnon

Photo by Shannon MacKinnon

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