International Women's Day: Knowledge to Action: Improving Women's Lives



Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 13:00 - 16:00


International Development Research Centre, W. David Hopper Room, 8th floor, 150 Kent Street, Ottawa, Ontario


To celebrate International Women's Day, IDRC is hosting top Canadian and international researchers who will showcase their work on empowering women. Join the conversation about the barriers women face and the innovative solutions that can improve their lives both in Canada and around the world.

The Honourable Patricia A. Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women, will provide closing remarks by highlighting Canada's contribution to, and role in, women's empowerment.


When: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: International Development Research Centre, W. David Hopper Room, 8th floor, 150 Kent Street, Ottawa, ON

Two panels featuring seven researchers from Colombia, Mexico, Kenya, the United States, and Canada will engage in lively discussions on the evidence and solutions to create positive change for women around the world.

Panel 1 - The Link between Childcare and Women's Empowerment: Evidence from India, Kenya, and Canada

Daniel Weinstock, Shelley Clark, Arijit Nandi, and Stella Muthuri will shed light on the current childcare landscape, sharing experiences from Nairobi, Rajasthan, and Québec. They will highlight the links between affordable, high-quality childcare and women's enhanced decision-making, health, income, and job participation as well as children's well-being. The panel will launch an open discussion about how evidence can best inform policies to empower women.

Moderator: Sue Szabo, Director, Inclusive Economies, IDRC

Panel 2 - Overcoming Violence against Women: Strong Communities, Legal Protection, and Crime Prevention

Drawing from their IDRC-funded research, Adelle Blackett, Donny Meertens, and Veronica Martinez Solares will discuss various strategies for ensuring that women who are victims of violence access justice and regain dignity. In exploring the nature of violence in different contexts, whether the result of armed conflict in Colombia, organized crime in Mexico, or lack of legal protection around domestic work in various African countries, the panellists will offer possible solutions and potential challenges to improving the lives of women facing violence.

Moderator: John Packer, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa

Seating is free, but limited, so please register for the event.

French and English simultaneous interpretation will be available.

This event will be videotaped and available on our YouTube channel.

Visit IDRC website to find out more about the event and read the speakers' biographies.