Ep 34: Gender and Climate Change

Today we’re talking about gender equality and climate change. Our public discourse in Canada has been dominated by the economic impacts of climate change -- specifically carbon tax. We also hear about the urgency, and about what is happening to our lands, water, and life. We talk very little about how climate change hits the ground. Major episodes like wildfires, flooding, and storms are often getting chalked up to climate change, but who is being impacted?

Much research suggests that women and children will disproportionately feel the impacts of climate change. This has to do with things like the lack of economic security women face, and the types of work women are doing.

I’m joined by Damien and Anne from Community Forest International. They also walk us through some of the programming that they’re doing internationally, and what they’ve learned. 

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Ep 33: Politics, social media, and self-care

Today we’re talking about politics, social media, and self-care. By the time this episode is released, we’ll know the results of the 2019 election, however we recorded it a few days before.

I got the inspiration for this episode when I was recording last week’s episode. I was honestly feeling really overwhelmed about providing election commentary because I’ve felt pretty upset about many elements of this campaign. I also felt like spending time on Twitter was adding to the negativity I was feeling.

We chat with Kayley Reed, a successful entrepreneur who started her journey as a mental health advocate and co-founder of Wear Your Label. Her journey has led her to a successful business built around influencer marketing. She also hosts a podcast called Self-care Sunday. I wanted to talk to Kayley about how we can practice self-care in a negative political social media environment -- especially people like me who rely on social media as a tool for business.

We talk about setting boundaries on social media, the difference between personal and business use, where we both were when we found out Donald Trump was elected, the role social media now plays in politics, and last but not least, some tools we can use to have a better experience on social media, while still being an informed advocate for change.

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Ep 29: Period Poverty

We chat with Amber Bishop, the principal of the Cambridge- Narrows Community School (K-12) about what her school specifically is doing to transform the bathroom experience for all students. The transformation includes providing sanitary products for free to those who need them. Although the CNCS is a small school in rural New Brunswick, the idea of period poverty is being discussed across the country and governments are beginning to respond. We hope that these conversations continue. 

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Ep 24: Unsettled

In this episode, we collaborated with Matt George of the podcast Unsettled. Matt is focused on the intersection of culture, business, and technology. We chatted about gender quotas, universal basic income, legislating culture change, and about a million other things. Let us know what you think -- and check out Unsettled!

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Ep 23: A Woman's Place is in the House

We chat with Susan Holt about her experience running for office. She shares lessons learned, opportunities, and challenges that she and others face. We dig into the recently raised issues of sexism at the Fredericton City Council, we chat about her new role with PQA and Plato Testing, and we talk about a number of systemic changes needed to get more people with diverse experiences elected.

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Ep 22: #AMA

We just celebrated our 6th full month of this project so I wanted to take to opportunity to flip the script a bit. We asked you on social media what questions you’d like me to answer and then I asked my lovely partner if he would take these questions as well as some of his own and interview me! We chat about a wide range of topics, including our current TV and book recommendations so stick around. Let me know what you think -- and if you're still left with questions send us a note: Katie@femmewonk.com.

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Ep 21: So What?

In this episode, I chat with So What Media founder, Phaedra de Saint-Rome about making political media accessible leading up to the 2019 federal election. I have to say, there are few things I enjoy more than chatting politics with a kick ass young woman. I hope you enjoy! This episode also includes the announcement of an exciting partnership between Femme Wonk and So What Media!

You can follow along the Femme Wonk So What Media partnership by signing up for the So What news letter at sowhatmedia.ca

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Ep 19: Women Deliver Recap

In this episode we chat about our experience at Women Deliver 2019. The episode is packed with content ranging from the future of work to #MeToo to the power of movements and everything in between. We also chat with three other East Coasters -- Ashley Hall, Allison Thorne, and Rachel Richard about their experience at Women Deliver.

The Women Deliver 2019 Conference took place from 3-6 June 2019 in Vancouver, Canada and was the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in the 21st century. 

I attended Women Deliver as a Women Deliver Mobilization Canada bursary recipient. Mobilization Canada brought together around 50 advocates from across Canada to participate in Women Deliver. 

Femme Wonk is also one of the many mobilizers from across the country working to continue the momentum of Women Deliver. You can check out the other mobilizers including events at wedeliver2019.org.

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Ep 18: Inclusive Immigration

In today's episode we're joined by Ginette Gautreau -- assistant director at the New Brunswick Multicultural Council.  We talk about inclusive immigration, which at its core, is as simple as treating immigrants as humans rather than economic engines. 

We asked Ginette how can folks listening can promote a more inclusive conversation around immigration. Here are the tips she suggested:

Volunteer and attend events with the multicultural communities in your own communities  Look at how you’re bringing newcomers into your space - are you actively trying to diversify folks around the table? Reinforce kindness, curiosity, open openness with your own actions .

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Ep 17: Abortion Access

This episode is 100% unedited. We were supposed to be taking this week off -- so I’m travelling without my laptop or recording tools. It is because of my personal privilege that I had the choice to take a week off from engaging. This is not a privilege that folks fighting for their fundamental rights in the US have. I could not sit by and drink wine while the rights of women are being trampled on. I hope you’ll endulge my unedited episode while I share some thoughts, opinions, and experiences on abortion acess with you. 

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