At Girls Action Foundation, we deeply believe in sharing knowledge. It is through sharing our expertise on girls’ and young women’s programs that we ensure that the work to make their world better never stops.
In this section, you will find recordings of webinars that we produced in the past, and information about our upcoming webinars. These online conferences, often presented by experts in the field, tackle a variety of subjects that are relevant to the work of programmers. Additionally, we share our infographics series “Why Girls?” that put numbers on the issues that pertain to girls in Canada. Finally, our rich Resource Center puts at your disposition all of our publications on girls and young women.
Girls Action has developed a series of publications and resources for girls' programmers and young leaders that are available to consult and download on-line. Browse through our Resource Centre and you'll find:
Backgrounders on issues such as Media & Pop Culture, Leadership, Sexual Health, and Violence Prevention
Training materials (Manuals, Guides & Tip Sheets) on designing spaces and programs for girls
Zines produced for and by young women on issues such as immigration, media arts for social change, grassroots organizing, public policy
Research compilations on the realities of girls and young women in various social contexts across Canada
Multimedia and interactive resources like infographics and videos
March 30, 2016
PERSPECTIVES SCOLAIRES ET ÉCONOMIQUES DES FILLES : UNE RÉFLEXION SUR LES OBSTACLES ET LES MOYENS DE SOUTENIR LEUR AUTODÉTERMINATION
Chaque fille a le droit de pouvoir tracer le parcours de vie qu’elle désire, ce qui inclut des études satisfaisantes, un emploi épanouissant et une stabilité économique. Pourtant, les filles ne sont toujours pas sur un pied d’égalité avec les garçons. De nombreuses filles se heurtent à des obstacles importants, dont la violence et les problèmes de santé physique et mentale, tels que l’anxiété et la faible estime de soi. Ces obstacles posent des défis de taille en ce qui a trait aux perspectives d’éducation et d’emploi.
Dans ce webinaire, la Fondation filles d’action partage dans un premier temps les résultats et réflexions de ses recherches sur les obstacles à l’autodétermination des filles, puis dans un deuxième temps, son expérience et ses pratiques concrètes relatives à l’organisation d’une journée des métiers pour filles.
March 22, 2016
STORYTELLING RESILIENCE: NARRATING HOME WITH NEWCOMER COMMUNITIES
Story has often been relegated to the realm of the irrational, imaginative and fiction; while history is known as the realm of the rational, reasonable and intellectual. For those of us with experiences in places where stories come as often as food, storytelling is the way we have learned to both retain experiences and celebrate them. Join Hawa Y. Mire on March 22, 2016 on an upcoming webinar to learn practical tips and techniques on how to excavate untold experiences through story.
February 09, 2016
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AS A PATH TOWARDS PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL EMPOWERMENT FOR TEENAGE GIRLS
Thinking of entrepreneurs as purely profit-loving beings has kept many educators at bay from introducing entrepreneurship as a viable professional path to youth. Furthermore, it is difficult for the general public to think of local and, even less so, female entrepreneurs who could serve as models for young girls and boys. Studies have shown that women tend to start businesses and develop their own projects less than men do and, often, later than men do. The average age of a woman starting her own business is between 34 and 44 whereas male business owners retire at 47. Taking into consideration all these factors, several Carrefour jeunesse-emploi in Montreal came together with the goal of reaching young girls in order to highlight that entrepreneurship is not just for boys and about making money. It is about knowing what ignites you and pushes you forward so that you have a positive impact on your life and on the world around you. Glambition, from the words glamand ambition, is a day dedicated to showcasing a diversity of entrepreneurial women and their stories of perseverance, self-confidence and collaboration, proving that ambition is glamorous, even though it is not all about popularity and money.
December 09, 2015
“IT’S 2015” AND OTHER REASONS FOR GENDER TRANSFORMATIVE HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAMMING FOR GIRLS
Girls and young women across Canada face unique challenges in matters of health and health promotion. So how can we improve health promotion for girls? What is men's and boys’ influence on girls and women's health? This webinar will introduce girl programmers and community workers to an innovative approach to creating health promotion activities and programs for girls while working towards gender equity.
November 17, 2015
KNOWING OUR HERSTORIES: ROOTING OURSELVES IN LATINX FEMINISMS
The Latin American/Latinx Feminisms course creates a space for Latinx cis and trans women and non-binary folks to learn about their herstories and discuss experiences at the intersections of systems of oppression related to facets of identity such as race, class, gender, and sexual orientation. It also serves as a "training" for MUJER volunteers, staff, and Board, where we learn and reflect on Latinx womyn traditions of feminisms, what feminism means to us, and how this can inform our feminist organizing through community building. In this webinar, Carolina Rios will give us an introduction to this unique course on Latinx Feminisms.
April 09, 2015
GROUP THERAPY: OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO HEALING FROM SEXUAL ASSAULT
In this webinar, Kim Melnyk (Case Manager) and Karen Wilson (Youth Therapist) from the Laurel Center will speak about their experience running 2 therapeutic groups for women ages 16-24. The groups focused on the dynamics of healthy relationships, parenting relationships and healthy attachments. The presenters will discuss the participants’ experiences and responses to addressing the many barriers encountered in their lives.
April 09, 2015
HOW TO GET YOUR COMMUNITY INVOLVED IN YOUR GIRLS’ PROGRAM
In this presentation, Zeeta from the Black Community Resource Center of Montreal (BCRC) will share with us how to get different stakeholders from the community involved in a girls’ program. Based on the latest BCRC project, part of the Taking Hold program, where girls created an artistic project with the support of their community’s teachers, organizations, artists, and an advisory community, Zeeta will share tools and promising practices from this project!
February 26, 2015
LOOK AGAIN: GROUP DYNAMICS THROUGH A FEMINIST LENS
When people get together and work with one another (whether informally or in structured organizations) what power dynamics arise? Do our current models and practices of organizational and professional development take power dynamics into account? How do we, as groups that are passionate about issues of gender and power, use a feminist lens when considering our organizational growth?
February 05, 2015
PAR ET POUR : PRATIQUES GAGNANTES POUR DES PROGRAMMES POUR LES FILLES
Comment être garante du Par et Pour? Comment impliquer les jeunes dans la lutte contre la violence faite aux femmes? Qu'est-ce que les jeunes en pensent? La Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne (FESFO) présentera une historique de leur travail et partagera son approche et ses pratiques gagnantes.
January 22, 2015
CONSENT AND SEXUAL ASSAULT: A RIGHTS-BASED APPROACH
Consent, sexual assault, and how to effectively engage and educate youth on these issues is the subject of much public debate at this moment, arising particularly (and unfortunately) out of many high profile media stories over the past year. West Coast LEAF is a feminist non-profit organization that uses the law to advance women’s equality with a goal of creating systemic change.
December 11, 2014
CREATING SPACES FOR GIRLS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Concerned about what’s going on with girls in your community? Want to help foster a relevant, safe space for girls to respond to issues in the lives, such as self-esteem, violence, body image, isolation? This webinar shares some promising approaches to create activities with girls that are fun, accessible, and meaningful. The team from Girls Action Foundation will share examples from our programs as well as those in our national network of girls’ programs.
November 20, 2014
NO ONE CAN TELL OUR STORIES BUT US: RACIALIZED GIRLS MAKING MEDIA
Geisha girl, sassy black girl sidekick, oppressed Muslimah, Latina siren, pocahontas; racialized girls rarely see accurate portrayals of their lives in mainstream media. We need media created by racialized girls that celebrates the complexity of their lives, their magic, their brilliance. Together we explored the ways racialized girls are already creating media from Vines, Tumblr to dance and poetry to posters that challenge school clothing policies. Throughout the webinar, Farrah shared media production strategies used by girls, community organizations and grassroots movements to create dialogue and explore issues in their lives from an anti-racist, feminist approach. Join her to explore media that heals, builds self-love and gives radical hope with racialized young girls.
November 04, 2014
GETTING SEX-SAVVY: BUILDING CAPACITY ON LGBTQ ISSUES FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS WORKING WITH NEWCOMER YOUTH
As service providers that work with youth and diverse populations, there are many challenges when talking about difficult subjects. With discussing LGBTTQQIA issues with newcomer youth, challenges can be increased with having to juggle a range of diverse life experiences, faiths, cultural backgrounds, and more. In this webinar, we will discuss why anti-homophobia education and working with newcomer youth communities go hand-in-hand, aim to equip participants with strategies to provide safe spaces for youth to talk about sexual and reproductive health and strategies to engage in sex-positive, youth-positive and identity-affirming conversations with your youth, with a focus on young women and girls.
October 29, 2014
LES FILLES AU CANADA: PROBLÉMATIQUES MAJEURES ET CONSEILS POUR DES PROGRAMMES QUI ONT DE L’IMPACT
Quels sont les défis majeurs auxquels font face les filles au Canada? Quels en sont les conséquences sur leur bien-être et leur avenir? Que pouvons-nous faire concrètement pour soutenir les filles de nos communautés? La Fondation filles d’action partage son expérience et ses pratiques concrètes issues de ses programmes pour filles dans le cadre de ce webinaire.
October 23, 2014
THE INDIAN SOLUTION TO THE POLICY PROBLEM: DEVELOPING AN INDIGENOUS POLICYMAKING MODEL TO ADDRESS FIRST NATIONS HEALTH AND EDUCATION DISPARITIES
In this webinar, Cassandra will be discussing Indigenous health and education gaps in Canada, the role the policymaking system plays in perpetuating such gaps, as well as how we can utilize Indigenous knowledge to address these gaps and revise the policymaking system itself. The goal of the presentation is to get people to start thinking about how we make policy/decisions in our own workplaces or organizations that can be alienating or ineffective in terms of addressing Indigenous needs.
April 03, 2014
A GENDERED APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING SCHOOL DROP-OUT RATES AND SCHOOL RETENTION
This webinar will take a look at the conditions specific to girls and boys that impact their school attendance. We begin with a brief portrait of the current situation in Québec, and why we should be concerned with girls dropping out of school. We then explore reasons why youth drop out and what can be done, with a specific focus on risk factors during the transition to high school. Through the presentation of a new YWCA toolkit, Milena argues that the transition from grade school to high school is an opportune time to intervene in preventing dropouts, with programming that reinforces self-esteem and social skills, favors the development of a critical awareness of gender stereotypes, and encourages the ability to recognize, counter and prevent violence.
March 20, 2014
PUTTING YOUTH FIRST – A COMMUNITY COMMITMENT TO SCHOOL SUCCESS
In this webinar participants will have the opportunity to learn about youth engagement strategies, the importance of creating safe environments that promote healthy minds and an impactful experiences and positive practices in supporting youth in their educational journey outside of the classroom. Also, participants will be introduced to the national academic success program Rogers Raising the Grade and some strategies in recruiting tutors and mentors.
March 13, 2014
IS THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR SUSTAINABLE? FINDING A CAREER IN SOCIAL JUSTICE
How is the non-profit sector changing? What impacts does social entrepreneurship language have on the nature of the non-profit sector? Joanne will answer these questions and speak about the issues you may face when making a career in the non-profit sector. She will mostly speak of the structural issues, such as the difficulties in retaining young talented people, volatile funding situations, barriers to policy advocacy, etc. She will draw from her experience as a Canadian feminist organizer to look at how young Canadian feminists might be thinking about new ways to make change (i.e. through informal networks rather than structured organizations, ad-hoc projects, social media, etc.).
March 06, 2014
CONJUGUER LEADERSHIP ET FAMILLE AU FÉMININ
Être une jeune femme en politique et fonder une famille, est-ce possible? La députée fédérale d'Alfred-Pellan, Rosane Doré-Lefebvre, nous parle de son histoire. Âgée de 29 ans, cette jeune députée a dû vite apprendre à conjuguer leadership en politique et famille.
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