Women of Impact in Canada launch, in partnership with the Ministry of Status of Women
October 2, 2018, marked a very special day in QFLIP history. In partnership with the Ministry of Status of Women and the Honourable Maryam Monsef, QFLIP co-hosted the launch of the Women of Impact in Canada online gallery, coinciding with the celebration of Women's History Month. The event included a foreword by the QFLIP cochairs, a brief speech from the Honourable Ms. Monsef, the launch announcement, and a panel discussion at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. The panel included Queen’s own Professor Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant (Political Studies Department; Director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations), Alaa Murabit (UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth; certified physician), Faith Dickinson (Founder of Cuddles for Cancer charity), and Louise Fish (Director of Risk Management at Trent University; military trailblazer). The Women of Impact Gallery is part of a new initiative unveiled by the Ministry of Status of Women, which consists of an online gallery of photos, stories, and quotes from prominent Canadian women. The gallery inspired the theme for this year’s Women’s History Month, which is “Make an Impact”.
As QFLIP has grown as an organization, we have been conscious to engage off campus in the broader community in all sorts of ways. This has included:
- QFLIP partnered with Indigo Girls to promote female leadership in multiple capacities, but most notably, QFLIP facilitated a leadership workshop at the Indigo Girls "Empower Yourself" Conference in March of 2018
- Throughout the school year, QFLIP organizes after school club workshops with the YMCA to promote leadership and self care
- In April 2018, QFLIP partnered with Queen’s Project on International Development to facilitate a workshop focused on political leadership
- At our very own QFLIP conference, we welcomed high school students from Toronto who got the chance to participate in panels and workshops and experience the conference as a whole
"Wherever you are, you need to know: who are the communities that you serve and what does it mean to represent these communities." - Sharmila Setaram
This year, QFLIP hosted an online taster event in collaboration with Equal Voice, a multi-partisan organization dedicated to electing and supporting women at all levels of political office.
Over the summer, QFLIP hosted an online speaker series event in collaboration with Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC), a not-for-profit corporation that delivers legal aid services to low and no-income Black Ontarians. This webinar aimed to help raise money for Black Women in motion (BWIM), a Toronto-based, youth-led organization that empowers and supports the advancement of Black womxn and survivors of sexual violence.
Each year, QFLIP hosts a “taster” to invite students from across campus to get a sense of what attending the conference may look like. It has also traditionally been where we announce the theme for the upcoming conference. Previous events have been in collaboration with the Samara Centre for International Democracy and Egale Canada.
Queen’s in the Park
Since QFLIP’s founding, we have been present at the Queen’s in the Park event during Orientation Week. Through answering questions and conversing with the incoming class, we showcase the various ways to get involved with QFLIP (all while soaking up the summer heat).
International Development Week Whiteboard Campaign Collaboration
QFLIP partnered up with the Queen’s International Affairs Association to celebrate International Development Week by engaging with the topic of gender equality and asking students around campus why gender equality matters to them.
Chalk the Sidewalk
QFLIP-ers joined our Executive team in September of 2017 to chalk the Queen’s sidewalk with facts about women's leadership, both on campus and globally!
"Why Do I Need QFLIP?" Contest
In 2017, we asked students on the Queen’s campus to let us know why they needed QFLIP in their lives, and what we mean to them. The responses got entered into a draw to win 2 half-price delegates tickets to the 2017 conference!
In 2016 & 2018, QFLIP set up camp at University and Union on campus to learn what makes Queen’s students “QFLIP out!” – in other words, what gets them excited about women’s initiatives like ours, their favourite QFLIP initiative, their favourite female leaders, and other fun trivia.
Do you run a girl’s or women’s initiative that could benefit from our presence? Reach out to our community outreach team to start a dialogue with us!