Ep 20: The Newcomer Experience

In this episode, we chat with KJ about his experience as an international student and newcomer in New Brunswick. We talk about both the challenges and the bright spots as well as some policy innovations that would increase inclusive immigration. 

This is the second episode in our inclusive immigration series. 

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.

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 .

Ep 17: Abortion Access

This epsiode 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. 

So you wanna start a podcast?

I'm joined by Meranda of the All Things Dreams podcast to reflect on the Atlantic Podcast Summit as well as our first six months in podcasting! We chat about choosing our names & logos, what tech we use, the challenges we faced, and top pieces of advice. 

Ep 16: What Does Open Government Look Like?

In this episode, we chat with Erin Flood about our recent experience with the GovMaker Conference. We discuss open government, open data, the future of democracy, and what role technology plays in this conversation. This is a big topic and we were left with some big questions including how we build the infrastructure around privacy that makes us feel protected and safe with what governments will do with that data in the same way that we feel safe using publicly funded infrastructure -- let us know what you think!

Ep 15: The Rise of Minority Governments in Canada

I'm joined by Jordan O'Brien for a second time. He first joined the pod in episode 3 to chat about the 1.5x incentive to political parties for votes cast for women candidates -- check it out.

In this episode, we chat about the recently elected minority government in PEI, our experience navigating a historic election in New Brunswick, what challenges and benefits that minority governments have, and we sprinkle in a bit of electoral reform. 

We lean into our inner policy wonk so let us know what you think. 

Episode 14: Discussion w/ Brian Gallant

In this episode, we're joined by former Premier of New Brunswick and Minister Responsible for Women's Equality, Brian Gallant.

This episode is jam packed. We chat about how Mr. Gallant found himself in the role of minister responsible for women's equality, some of the policies he's most proud of, why men's ally-ship is so important, and how we can keep moving forward. 

On a personal note, I worked for Premier Gallant for 2.5 years and it was a real privilege to get to recap his thinking on some of the work I found most impactful. 

We also chat about our recent blog post: 6 Point Action Plan to get More Women Elected.  

Episode 13: The Art of Political Platforms

In this episode, we chat about the front runners and their platforms as we head into the Alberta and PEI elections.

I'm joined by Joan Kingston, former New Brunswick cabinet minister to discuss the roles of platforms, how they're built, and why they're still important. 

If you live in PEI or Alberta -- don't forget to vote!!

Episode 12: No Second Chances w/Kate Graham

We're joined by Kate Graham to discuss her new project in collaboration with Canada 2020 -- No Second Chances. This project follows the journey of the 12 women previously elected as first ministers (premiers and prime minister) in Canada. We discuss some interesting learnings that the project has produced, as well as continued barriers for women in politics in Canada.

In our current affairs lightening round we chat about inclusive legislatures and some issues highlighted issues that have been in the news lately. Check out our blog post to learn more about it.  

Episode 11: Siyabulela Mandela & Bernadette Fernandes

In today's episode we are honoured to chat with both Siyabulela Mandela & Bernadette Fernandes.

Siyabulela Mandela is an internationally recognized academic and activist grandson of the Freedom Fighter, Nelson Mandela. 

He is currently a Ph.D. candidate (International Relations and Conflict Resolution) in the Department of Politics and Conflict Studies at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa, where he is also a lecturer for the Politics and Conflict Studies Department. 

Bernadette Fernandes is the founder of The Varanda Network which seeks to promote inclusive trade partnerships. She is also the connector of Siyabulela to New Brunswick.

Together we discussed Siyabulela's work on conflict resolution, the importance of education, and the the challenges the global community is facing today. 

I want to thank Robyn Tingley of Glass Sky, and Bernadette Fernandes of The Varanda Network for making this episode possible. 

Episode 10: Eliminating Bias in the Workplace

In today's episode we chat with Robyn Tingley, founder and CEO of Glass Sky. We chat about women's leadership, eliminating bias in the workplace, quotas on corporate boards, and resources that you and your employer can use to enhance inclusion. 

Robyn is the author of 10 Essentials for the Motivated Millennial: A Guide to High Performance for New Grads and Career Starters: Get it here 

She also referenced the launch of a free tool kit for employers to stamp out bias in the workplace: Check it out here

In this episode, we launched a new lightening round section to chat about current affairs. We highlighted the following things -- click on the links for more info.

1. New Brunswick 2019 Budget Analysis from a Femme Wonk

2. The gender equality chapter in the 2019 federal budget 

3. No Second Chances, a new Canada 2020 podcast

4. The Gender Gap Tracker

5. On the Basis of Sex

6. So Here's the Thing...

Episode 9: DIPV Leave

In this episode, we chat with Lana Payne, Atlantic Regional Director for Unifor. We discuss Unifor's advocacy on domestic partner violence and why they have been pushing for legislative changes across Canada. We also talk about what exactly domestic, intimate partner, and/or sexual violence leave is and how it can be implemented. This is a policy heavy episode -- we hope you learn a thing or two!

IWD 5: Jill Lamb, Girls STEM Up

 This is the fifth and final episode in our International Women's Day project. The IWD project brought a short podcast episode every single day this week that interviewed an organization or person doing really great things to embody the #InnovateForChange theme of International Women's Day this year. In today’s episode, I chat with Jill Lamb, a founder of Girls STEM Up, about their upcoming conference to engage high school and university women in STEM.  

IWD 4: Cathy Simpson, Up & Go

This is the fourth episode in our International Women's Day project. The IWD project will bring you a short podcast episode every single day this week that interviews an organization or person doing really great things to embody the #InnovateForChange theme of International Women's Day this year. In today’s episode, I chat with Cathy Simpson, creator of Up & Go, about getting more girls engaged in STEM.

IWD 3: Karina LeBlanc, Pond Deshpande Centre

This is the third episode in our International Women's Day project. The IWD project will bring you a short podcast episode every single day this week that interviews an organization or person doing really great things to embody the #InnovateForChange theme of International Women's Day this year. In today’s episode, I chat with Karina LeBlanc from the Pond Deshpande Centre about supporting system change through representation.

IWD 2: Heather MacLean, Women 4 Atlantic

This is the second episode in our International Women's Day project. The IWD project will bring you a short podcast episode every single day this week that interviews an organization or person doing really great things to embody the #InnovateForChange theme of International Women's Day this year. In today’s episode, I chat with Heather MacLean of Women For Atlantic about supporting women and girls in leadership.

This episode has also been turned into a blog! Check it out here. 

IWD 1: Katie Davey, Femme Wonk

This episode kicks off our International Women's Day project which will bring you a short podcast episode every single day this week that interviews an organization or person doing really great things to embody the #InnovateForChange theme of International Women's Day this year. In today’s episode, I'm also going to talk to you a bit more about Femme Wonk and how we’ve evolved over the last five months or so. I’m also going to talk to you about my own opinions on International Women's Day as well as basically answer the questions that I’m going to be asking the guests for this week coming up.

We've turned this episode into a blog! Check it out here.

Episode 7: The Oscars!

Where are all the women?

This week we chat with Sal Patel about the lack of gender parity in The Oscars nominations. We chat broadly about the film industry in both Hollywood and in Canada. 

We learned that in 2018 only 4% of the top 100 grossing films were directed by women.