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Webinar: Women’s empowerment, gender equality and the role of applied education and skills training
Nov 1st, 2017 | Ottawa,
Colleges and Institutes Canada
1 Rideau Street, Ottawa, , Canada | View Map


Webinar language: English

This webinar will feature a mix of presentations and participant discussion, and will seek not just to inform but to build knowledge about emerging practices and approaches to this issue in international cooperation.

Major policy developments here in Canada and internationally, such as the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy, have put women’s empowerment and rights at the centre of the global development agenda.

  • What does this shift mean for how we, as partners in international cooperation, contribute to building the capacity of education systems in developing countries?
  • How can Canada’s colleges and institutes better align their programs to meet a more ambitious agenda in areas like improving access to education for women and girls, increasing women’s economic autonomy, eliminating systemic barriers to decent employment, stimulating women’s entrepreneurship, and promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights in education institutions and workplaces?

Answers to these questions will help to define the “next generation” of international partnerships in education. Canada’s colleges, institutes and Cegeps have long sought to advance women’s economic inclusion and rights in their communities, and have known success in advancing gender equality through international cooperation programs.

Participants will hear different perspectives on this issue from experts from colleges and institutes and from expert organizations who will talk about the implications of recent policy developments, the innovative work done by colleges and institutes to promote women’s inclusion here in Canada and internationally, and the challenges of advancing women’s empowerment in the education system.


  • Pam Stoneham, Associate Dean, School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship and Renewable Technology, Durham College (Whitby Campus)
  • Karen Craggs-Milne, Executive Director, Gender Equality Inc. and Global Group Director, Gender Equality, Inclusion & Business Development at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)
  • Leila Faraj, Facilitator, Senior Project Officer, Senegal Education for Employment project (ESP-EPE), formerly Collège Montmorency


Colleges and Institutes Canada
1 Rideau Street
Ottawa, K1N 8S7
Nov 1st, 2017
17:00 pm - 18:00 pm
Colleges and Institutes Canada
1 Rideau Street
Ottawa, , K1N 8S7