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5 July 2011, OTTAWA – Intensive programming at Women’s Worlds 2011 today will cover such timely issues as women in politics, sex trafficking, pornography, and equal pay for equal work. The central theme of this second day of the global feminist congress is “Breaking Ceilings”.
“From economic oppression to restricted access to positions of power or to power itself, we want to showcase how women across the planet are dismantling the ceilings - glass and otherwise - that serve to maintain women's inequality,” says Rianne Mahon, event co-chair, the 11th in a series which began in 1981.
Plenary, In-Focus, and concurrent sessions scheduled throughout Tuesday will speak to the “Breaking Cycles” theme by exploring efforts around the world to advance women into positions of power. Some sessions will even explore the ceilings within women's movements themselves which benefit a few and keep the rest from leadership or from being heard.
Programmatic highlights for Women’s Worlds 2011 on Tuesday, 5 July:
WW 2011 (www.womensworlds.ca) is an international and interdisciplinary congress that will explore how issues like equality, human rights, economics, labour, education, environment, and development relate to women. This is the largest gathering of women from around the world to ever take place in Canada and aims to enhance women's leadership skills and organizational capacity.
WW 2011 is co-hosted by Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.
For details and to arrange interviews:
Media Relations, Women’s Worlds 2011
(011 1) 613 818 7956