Diversity and inclusivity are core values of York University, and the “Reimagining Women’s Rights” panel discussion held in honour of International Women’s Day last week offered an excellent opportunity to celebrate and enact those values. York U supports equitable access to learning by providing resources including:
- The Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REI)
- Student Accessibility Services (SAS)
- The Centre for Aboriginal Student Services (CASS)
- Learning Skills Services (LSS)
- York International (YI)
- Student Counselling & Development (SCD)
- The Sexual Violence Response Office (SVRO).
Although these services work year-round, events like International Women’s Day provide a special opportunity to come together to consider and discuss inclusivity and diversity on the university campus.
On Thursday March 8, The Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion brought the York U community together during International Women’s Day to discuss equality and advocating for women’s rights. The #YUBlog attended this inspiring event to see what it was all about and gained a deeper understanding of the best ways to advocate for equality. Take a look at our photo diary for more!
International Women’s Day 2018: “Reimagining Women’s Rights”
If you were unable to attend “Reimagining Women’s Rights” 2018, check the International Women’s Day event page in the next few weeks to view the video of the event.
Taking Action to Reimagine Women’s Rights
At the end of the session, REI left the audience with two questions to consider and carry forward to take action on advancing the rights of women:
1. How will you move forward the dialogue on rights, diversity and intersectionality within the York University community and beyond?
2. Based on your own experience, what are key factors to be considered when creating a plan that would enable you to feel included at York University and beyond as we reimagine rights together?
As we left the event, the #YUBlog team thought about our answers to these questions and the importance in engaging in frequent conversations about equality. By discussing our common goal of equality, we realized that we can form strong support networks of women and allies to create collaborative leadership opportunities and safe spaces for those who need support. Together, we also recognized the importance of identifying oneself as both a leader and an ally, and letting those in your community know that you are here for them. If you weren’t able to attend the “Reimagining Women’s Rights” event yourself, consider these questions and ask them of the people in your communities to keep the conversations inspired by International Women’s Day going and to enact change.
Connect with REI
The “Reimagining Women’s Rights” event provided an excellent opportunity to listen and learn about creating an inclusive campus community. If you were unable to attend the event this year, visit the REI website website to learn more about their upcoming events, resources and workshops. You can also follow @YorkURights Twitter and Facebook or check out the REI events calendar.