Young Women in Motion have created a program to bring women and girls in the community together with municipal councillors and planners.
Women and girls who are new to Canada and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) are encouraged to come together on August 18 to learn about bike safety and experience independence and greater mobility in Windsor and Essex
A team of leaders from Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor, and the leadership of Bike Windsor Essex and other experts are observing the city to determine where positive changes could improve the bike friendliness of Windsor for women.
Women will have the opportunity to attend the event to meet with women who are running as councillors or mayors in the Municipal Election in October.
Joan Simpson is the Program Manager at Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor.
She says why this program has been put together for women in the area.
“From the program we realized that there’s so many areas and spaces in Windsor that need to be improved. And so the best way for us to put those recommendations forward, why not invite candidates who are going to be running for city council and for other positions to be a part of this conversation.”
She says that having women who are running in the election gives the community the chance to speak to them about changes that may need to be made around Windsor-Essex.
“When the participants are providing the recommendations and sharing about the importance of the program and why they wanted to be a part of it, that we have the necessary individuals there as well. But anyone else can be a part of it for sure.”
She says what the core purpose of the program is.
“For young women to build their confidence, to speak out in spaces where often times they may not be represented, they may be under-represented or to speak out on an issue that matters to them. This program has allowed them to do that.”
The event will be held on Thursday, August 18 from 4 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Charles Clark Square.
All Women and girls from across the city are also able to join in a group ride to celebrate the program along the riverfront on August 31.
PubMatic will release second-quarter results today in a call with Wall Street analysts at 5 p.m. ET. PubMatic is among a handful of ad tech companies disclosing their quarterly results this week, following Criteo’s report last week, offering details about the state of internet advertising.
Also today, The Trade Desk gets its turn revealing its second-quarter finances. The Trade Desk had a busy quarter, marked by a deal with Disney, and its results could shine a light on the state of connected TV advertising and other aspects of the programmatic landscape. There is an analyst call at 5 p.m. ET. Magnite also releases results today and has an analyst call at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Ad Age hosts a conference honoring its Leading Women of 2022. The New York event will feature speakers including our 2022 Vanguard honoree Fiona Carter, chief marketing officer of Goldman Sachs.
As the climate crisis leads to more intense and more frequent extreme weather and climate-related events, this in turn risks increasing the amount of gender-based violence experienced by women, girls, and sexual and gender minorities, say researchers.
In a study published in The Lancet Planetary Health, a team led by a researcher at the University of Cambridge analyzed current scientific literature and found that the evidence paints a bleak picture for the future as extreme events drive economic instability, food insecurity, and mental stress, and disrupt infrastructure and exacerbate gender inequality.
Between 2000 and 2019, floods, droughts, and storms alone affected nearly 4 billion people worldwide, costing over 300,000 lives. The occurrences of these extreme events represent a drastic change, with the frequency of floods increasing by 134%, storms by 40%, and droughts by 29% over the past two decades. These figures are expected to rise further as climate change progresses.
Extreme weather and climate events have been seen to increase gender-based violence, due to socio-economic instability, structural power inequalities, health-care inaccessibility, resource scarcity and breakdowns in safety and law enforcement, among other reasons. This violence can lead to long-term consequences including physical injury, unwanted pregnancy, exposure to HIV or other sexually transmitted infections, fertility problems, internalized stigma, mental health conditions, and ramifications for children.
To better understand the relationship between extreme events and gender-based violence, researchers carried out a systematic review of existing literature in this area. This approach allows them to bring together existing—and sometimes contradictory or under-powered—studies to provide more robust conclusions.
The team identified 41 studies that explored several types of extreme events, such as storms, floods, droughts, heatwaves, and wildfires, alongside gender-based violence, such as sexual violence and harassment, physical violence, “witch” killing, early or forced marriage, and emotional violence. The studies covered countries on all six of the major continents and all but one focused on cisgender women and girls.
The researchers found evidence that gender-based violence appears to be exacerbated by extreme weather and climate events, driven by factors such as economic shock, social instability, enabling environments, and stress.
According to the studies, perpetrators of violence ranged from partners and family members, through to religious leaders, relief workers and government officials. The relationship between extreme events and gender-based violence can be expected to vary across settings due to differences in social gender norms, tradition, vulnerability, exposure, adaptive capacity, available reporting mechanisms, and legal responses. However, the experience of gender-based violence during and after extreme events seems to be a shared experience in most contexts studied, suggesting that amplification of this type of violence is not constrained geographically.
“Extreme events don’t themselves cause gender-based violence, but rather they exacerbate the drivers of violence or create environments that enable this type of behavior,” said Kim van Daalen, a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge.
“At the root of this behavior are systematic social and patriarchal structures that enable and normalize such violence. Existing social roles and norms, combined with inequalities leading to marginalization, discrimination, and dispossession make women, girls, and sexual and gender minorities disproportionately vulnerable to the adverse impacts of extreme events.”
Experiencing gender-based violence can also further increase vulnerability. When faced with the likelihood of experiencing harassment or sexual violence in relief camps, for example, some women or sexual and gender minorities choose to stay home or return to their homes even before doing so is safe, placing them in additional danger from extreme events and further restricting their already limited access to relief resources.
Extreme events could both increase new violence and increase reporting, unmasking existing violence. Living through extreme events led some victims to feel they could no longer endure abuse or to feel less inhibited to report the abuse than before the event. However, the researchers also noted that reporting remains plagued by a number of factors, including silencing of victims—particularly in countries where safeguarding a daughter’s and family’s honor and marriageability is important—as well as fears of coming forward, failures of law enforcement, unwillingness to believe victims, and the normalization of violence.
Van Daalen added, “Disaster management needs to focus on preventing, mitigating, and adapting to drivers of gender-based violence. It’s crucial that it’s informed by the women, girls, and sexual and gender minority populations affected and takes into account local sexual and gender cultures and local norms, traditions, and social attitudes.”
Examples of such interventions include providing post-disaster shelters and relief services—including toilets and bath areas—designed to be exclusively accessed by women, girls, and sexual and gender minorities or providing emergency response teams specifically trained in prevention of gender-based violence.
Likewise, empowerment initiatives for women and sexual and gender minorities that challenge regressive gender norms to reduce vulnerability could bring opportunities to negotiate their circumstances and bring positive change. For example, women’s groups using participatory- learning-action cycles facilitated by local peers have been used to improve reproductive and maternal health by enabling women to identify and prioritize local challenges and solutions. Similar programs could be adapted and applied in extreme event management to empower women as decision makers in local communities.
Hurricane Katrina, violence and intimidation
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast of the United States in August 2005, gender-based violence increased, particularly interpersonal violence or intimate partner violence, and physical victimization increased for women. Likewise, a study on internally-displaced people in Mississippi found that sexual violence and rates of intimate partner violence increased in the year following the disaster.
Furthermore, the New Orleans gay community was blamed for Hurricane Katrina, with the disaster being described as being “God’s punishment.” Same-sex couples were prevented from receiving relief from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, transgender people were threatened in shelters or prohibited access after a natural disaster, and LGBTQI people experienced physical harm and violence in post-disaster shelters.
Flooding and early marriage in Bangladesh
Studies suggest a link between flooding incidence and early marriage, with spikes in early marriages observed in Bangladesh coinciding with the 1998 and 2004 floods. Next to being viewed as a way to reduce family costs and safeguard marriageability and dignity, these marriages are often less expensive due to flood-induced impoverishment lowering expectations.
One study included an example of the head of a household explaining that the 2013 cyclone had destroyed most of his belongings, leaving him afraid that he would be unable to support his youngest unmarried daughter, who was under 18. Marrying off his daughters was a way of reducing the financial burden on the family.
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During the U.S. Women’s Open, Kang’s brother posted on Instagram some troubling news: His sister was playing the major championship with a tumor in her spine. Kang had withdrawn from the Palos Verdes Championship at the end of April, citing back pain. It wasn’t until the U.S. Women’s Open that news of the tumor was public.
As Kang continues to work with her doctors on a plan, she announced on Instagram that she’ll take some time off from competitive golf. In addition to three regular LPGA Tour events, she’ll miss the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the major she won in 2017. That event is scheduled for June 23-26.
Said Kang in her post: “As a past champion this was not an easy decision, however, if I’ve learned anything from throwing a fit to play in the U.S. Open, I want to compete, not just participate.”
Despite the back pain, Kang made the cut last week at Pine Needles and ultimately tied for 63rd.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—The Gamecock women punched tickets to the NCAA Championships in five events on Saturday at the Haugh Track & Field Complex to wrap up action at the NCAA East Regional.
“Today was an up and down day,” said head coach Curtis Frye. “Our expectations are so high that we’d like to get 100 percent advanced, and when you don’t get that done, it sends you to a low. But we got a higher percentage than what we expected when we left.”
Rachel Glenn was clean through the high jump, clearing the final bar of 1.84m/6-0.50. Glenn passed on the firs two height of competition and went on to clear the final three heights of competition without a miss.
Glenn advances to Eugene, Oregon, for the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the second time in her young career. Glenn won last year’s outdoor high jump title.
Destinee Rocker advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 100-meter hurdles. Rocker ran a time of 13.08 to finish second in her heat and earn an automatic bid to Nationals. Rocker’s advancement marks her second NCAA Championships’ qualification this year. She also made it to Indoor Nationals in March.
Makenzie Dunmore grabbed the final automatic qualifying spot in her heat of the 400 meters, finishing with a time of 51.90. Dunmore was the eighth-fastest qualifier in the quarter-Mile. Dunmore is set to return to Oregon, where she ran from 2017-19.
Both Gamecock women’s relays advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The women’s 4X100-meter relay team finished second in its heat to grab an automatic bid to Oregon and the women’s 4X400-meter relay team won its heat to move on to Nationals automatically.
Jayla Jamison took 13th overall in the 200 meters with a time of 23.02. She finished just .01 behind 12th place and .02 behind the last time qualifier.
All-in-all, Frye said the Gamecocks had a good week in Indiana.
“It was a phenomenal week,” Frye said. “We have a lot of bright spots in the future. None of our men are leaving due to graduation. All of them are back. We lose three women, but we’ve got the other 11 and we’re bringing in five more.”
The final tally of Gamecock entries at the NCAA Outdoor Championships is 11. The men have six entries while the women have five entries in Eugene.
Carolina track and field will be back in action in two weeks with the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Orego, to close out the collegiate season.
There’ll be 15 mannequins along with other displays.
Fleur de Villes is returning to Vancouver for a female-focused floral function.
For 10 days starting June 3 public spaces in Vancouver’s downtown will be blooming brilliantly with 15 mannequins placed about the core with features familiar to many. The show, dubbed FEMMES, celebrates remarkable women with mannequins decorated like them.
That means famed locals like Sarah MacLachlan, Shaylan Stone Child, and Emily Carr will be featured. Former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson will also be featured. For those looking to learn more about each of the women, a QR code and images will provide a profile on each woman.
Along with the 15 mannequins, the show will have several other components, like a “flower-bombed” 1957 MGA Roadster, a floral swing and a pop-up flower market. Some restaurants, like 1931 Gallery Bistro, will be serving related foods and drinks, as well.
“Each of our shows is an entirely different experience, celebrating the local community and made possible by local partners like the DVBIA which support Fleurs de Villes events being freely and most beautifully open to the public,” says co-founder Karen Marshall in a press release.
While Fleur de Villes is based in Vancouver, they’ve held shows around the world; versions of FEMME have popped up in Miami, Chicago and Toronto.
Included in the Wednesday, May 4 print edition is our Women in Business magazine where we highlight South Okanagan women who are making a difference in the community and in the business world. Below is a profile on Carla Seddon, who is featured in the magazine.
When the South Okanagan Events Centre first opened its doors for Penticton in 2008, it was much more than just an ordinary day at work for Carla Seddon – it was the start of an over decade-long relationship between herself and the community.
Being the director of corporate partnerships and premium seating may be what she calls herself now, but it didn’t come without first taking on a number of sales roles at the venue shortly after she watched her previous career take an unexpected turn as a result of the real estate market crash over 14 years ago.
Seddon would quickly learn, though, that job titles would be the least of her concerns at the SOEC – especially when it’s time to welcome thousands of people into her workplace for an event.
“I am part of a passionate team that does a lot of different things that need to happen to make these shows go on,” she said.
“People spend their hard-earned dollars to be here. It’s not groceries or electricity that we’re selling, we’re selling entertainment, so we want to make sure people feel as though the event they go to is something they want to spend their money on.”
It’s the little things that Seddon prides herself on delivering when she watches members of her community have the time of their lives when an act like Carlos Santana takes the stage at the South Okanagan venue.
“If I can run and grab some popcorn or another bottle of wine for people while our servers are busy, then I can do that,” Seddon explained. I want to make sure everyone has a great time. We know people have choices on how to spend their dollars, so it’s not something we take lightly.”
As director of corporate sponsorships, the majority of Seddon’s responsibilities involve what she does weeks in advance of a show. But her day doesn’t end once an event is underway.
“I’m pinch-hitting at that point,” she said. “We’re doing everything we need to do that might not be part of our normal job titles.”
When Seddon first started at the SOEC 14 years ago, she was fresh off of a career in real estate.
“I started off really green,” she laughed.
“I learned the industry quickly, learned what’s happening in other markets and learned how to run the building in a community like this.”
Seddon and her colleagues came together in 2008 to understand what the people of South Okanagan wanted in their entertainment.
It was one of the first moments where she realized the importance of building a strong relationship between the community and the SOEC.
Seddon is one of several staff members who have been there since the beginning. That, along with her ability to wear ‘many different hats’ at work, has helped her grow with not only the SOEC but Penticton as a whole.
In those years, the SOEC has brought world-class entertainment to Penticton, with some high profile events and concerts from internationally-recognized acts like Ringo Starr, Rihanna, ZZ Top, Alice Cooper to events like the Harlem Globetrotters and Celtic Illusion.
The Penticton Vees’ move from Memorial Arena to the SOEC is a day Seddon will never forget and it solidified the start of great things to come to the SOEC.
“I think COVID has really taught us not to take anything for granted, so I’m grateful for everybody that walks through that door.”
Many of the top midwest club and college swimmers are competing at the IU Natatorium this weekend.
Highlighting the prelims session was 2020 US Tokyo Olympian and bronze medalist in the event, Annie Lazor, who swam a 2:24.01 to be the top seed heading into finals. Lazor scratched the event for finals, but notably, her prelims swim this morning was faster than her prelims swim for International Team Trials a few weeks ago. There she swam a 2:24.48 in prelims. Lazor is set to compete for the US in the 50 and 100 breaststrokes at the 2022 World Championships less than a month from now in Budapest.
Kicking off night 2 was Ohio State’s Aislinn Walsh. Walsh won the women’s 200 fly in a 2:15.36. That was a huge time for Walsh as her previous best time was a 2:19.24. Ohio State continued their success in the event going 2-3 as well. Kyra Sommerstad was second in a 2:16.05, a huge best time from her 2:22.14. Meredith Moellering was third in a 2:17.19.
Winning the men’s 200 fly was Michigan’s Connor Hunt. Hunt had the fastest last 50 split of the field to win in a 1:59.46. Hunt was the only sub-2:00 time as Carmel Swim Club’s Aaron Shackell was second in a 2:00.10. Shackell is committed to Cal for fall 2023. Indiana’s Brendan Burns was third in a 2:01.20, over a second and a half faster than he was at International Team Trials.
Ohio State’s Amy Fulmer continued her success from night one into night two winning the 50 free in a 25.75. Michigan’s Claire Newman was second in a 25.93. Kit Kat Zennick of Ohio State was third in a 26.22. All three were in the Big Ten A final of the short course version of the event this February.
Winning the men’s 50 freestyle wasAndrej Barna in a 22.69. Barna represented Serbia at the Tokyo Olympics swimming a 22.29 for 28th place there. Indiana’s Jack Franzman was second in a 22.99 just ahead of teammate Rafael Miroslaw who was third in a 23.01.
Indiana’s Mackenzie Looze continued the Big Ten wins on the women’s side, winning the 200 breast in a 2:29.24. This was just off her 2:27.60 which she swam at International Team Trials to finish sixth. Teammate Brearna Crawford was second in a 2:29.83, and Ohio State’s Reese Dehen was third in a 2:37.66.
Earning the only club-swimmer win of the night was Michael Phillips. The 18 year old from Aquajets Swim Team won the men’s 200 breast in a 2:17.69. Phillips is committed to Navy for this fall. Michigan’s Ansel Froass was second in a 2:20.02, just ahead of an Ohio State 3-4-5 finish made up of William Reagan (2:21.11), Nathan Holty (2:21.49), and Karl Helmuth (2:21.86).
Amy Fulmer of Ohio State picked up her second win of the night with a 1:00.73 100 backstroke. That was just off of her 1:00.48 which she swam to finished eighth at International Team Trials. Indiana’s Anna Peplowski was second in a best time of 1:01.37, and Michigan’s Casey Chung was third in a 1:02.81.
Finishing off the women’s side of the night was Indiana’s Ella Ristic with a win in the 400 freestyle. Ristic swam a best time of 4:16.39. Ohio State’s Maya Geringer was second in a 4:17.93, and Michigan’s Kathryn Shanley was third in a 4:19.24.
Murilo Sartori won the men’s 400 free in a 3:52.94 ahead of Ilia Sibirtsev who was second in a 3:54.51. Jake Mitchell, who swam the event for the US at last year’s Olympics, was third in a 3:57.01. Mitchell is in his first meet back since battling mono.
On May 26, the Simcoe County District School Board, in partnership with the Women’s Advocacy Council, is hosting ‘High school and beyond: Exploring pathways for young women.’
This virtual event for students in grades 7 to 12 and their families is being held via Zoom from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Attendees will learn about the four pathways available to students — apprenticeship, college, university and workplace — directly from former students who followed each pathway.
In addition, participants will have the opportunity to attend three breakout sessions of their choice. Options for breakout sessions include technology courses in each pathway, options for multilingual and newcomer learners, workplace readiness, financial planning, continuing education and more.
For more information and to register for this event, visit the event site.
The LSU women’s track and field team came up just a little short in the race for the team title Saturday night at the Southeastern Conference outdoor championships.
But if coach Dennis Shaver could have somehow squeezed just one more race out of sprint sensation Favour Ofili, the Tigers probably would have come away with the biggest trophy from the meet held in Oxford, Mississippi.
Ofili scorched the Ole Miss track in winning the 100 and 200 meters and ran second leg on the Tigers’ winning 4×100-meter relay.
The sophomore’s gallant effort came up just short, however, when Florida came from just off the pace in the final two events to take the women’s title with 107 points.
Arkansas was third with 103 points and LSU was third with 96½, while Kentucky (85) and Texas A&M (84) rounded out the top five.
Arkansas won the men’s title with 121 points and Alabama was second with 116. Tennessee (84), Florida (78) and Georgia (75) completed the top five. LSU finished seventh with 70.
With Ofili scoring 22½ points by herself, LSU held a scant 1½-point lead over Florida with 19 of 21 events in the books.
But the Gators got a second-place finish from Parker Valby in the 5,000 meters and clinched the title with a fifth-place effort from its 4×400 relay team to hold off Arkansas.
Ofili was one of the big stars when she outdueled Kentucky’s Abby Steiner in the two short sprints and teamed with Alia Armstrong, Tionna Beard-Brown and Thelma Davies to win the 4×100 relay over Kentucky.
After running the second leg on the relay that got the baton around in a season’s-best time of 42.59 seconds, while Kentucky ran a 42.63.
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It was the sixth consecutive win for LSU in the event at the SEC meet.
Ofili later came back to win the 100 in 10.93 seconds while running into a slight headwind. That tied her personal record she set in the LSU Invitational on April 30.
It was the 21st title in the event for the LSU women in 41 SEC championship meets. Steiner was second in 11.02 seconds.
Later, Ofili got the best of Steiner once again in the 200. Ofili, the collegiate record holder at 21.96 seconds, won with a 22.04 while Steiner nearly caught Ofili at the finish line in running a 22.07.
Armstrong provided the fourth win of the day for LSU in the 100-meter hurdles when she won with a slightly wind-aided time of 12.46 seconds.
Rival Grace Stark of Florida, who won the NCAA indoor 60-meter hurdles, fell going over the sixth of 10 hurdles, but Armstrong had a clear lead by then and coasted to the victory.
The men’s team had two wins Saturday as Eric Edwards Jr. made it a sweep for the Tigers in the hurdles and Sean Bodie-Dixon took the triple jump crown.
Edwards won the 110 hurdles with a PR of 13.28 seconds and Bodie-Dixon took the triple jump crown with a best of 53 feet, 8¼ inches.
Teammate Apalos Edwards gave LSU a 1-2 finish in the triple jump when he popped a personal-best 53-3½ on his final attempt to better his old PR by nearly 2½ feet.