Feminist City 3.0

When and Where

Tuesday, February 08, 2022 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm


Brittany Andrew-Amofah
Jasmine Ramze Rezaee
Dr. Suzanne Stewart
Matti Siemiatycki - Moderator
Remarks by Dr. Sarah Kaplan


Topic: Feminist City 3.0: How can we apply a gender and equity lens to economic recovery in our cities?Panel Discussion written in white on deep olive green

Co-Hosted By: School of Cities, University of Toronto and Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE) at the Rotman School of Management

Livestream Details: On February 1, Rotman Events will email registrants the link to the page where you can watch the live stream.

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Summary: Join the School of Cities and Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE) for the third installment of the Feminist City series: a spirited discussion about how women’s participation in the economy affects the vibrancy and livability of our cities and Canada’s path towards a green and equitable recovery.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in 2020, women have been disproportionately affected, represented in job losses and in the proportion of women working on the front lines, as essential service providers and primary caregivers to children and the elderly. Experts have called for a Feminist economic recovery plan specifically aimed dismantling systemic barriers and improving economic security for women.

Our panel of experts will discuss the disproportionate effect of the global pandemic on women and the imperative to apply a gender and equity lens when formulating the way in which cities and citizens will work towards recovery. Are recently announced measures from the federal government, including $10-a-day childcare, sufficient to get more women working and address gender inequality? How can cities support the women who live in them during our transition to a new normal?

About Our Speakers:

Brittany Andrew-Amofah is the Manager of Policy and Research at FCM where she leads FCM’s housing and homelessness work and other social policy files. Over the last 10 years, Brittany has held social service, non-profit and policy & research roles. Since graduating with a Master’s in Political Management from the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management, at Carleton University, Brittany has also become a frequent policy and public affairs speaker and commentator on income inequality, affordable housing, democratic renewal, the politics of Canadian multiculturalism and climate justice. She has been a regular guest on CBC News and has appeared on several Canadian public affairs media programs. 


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Jasmine Ramze Rezaee is the Director of Advocacy & Communications at YWCA Toronto, one of Canada's leading women's organizations, and a Board Member at Access Alliance Multicultural Health & Community Services. An advocate for gender equality, racial justice and poverty reduction, Jasmine has 15 years of nonprofit experience spanning Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto. She has previously worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside as a frontline housing and community outreach worker, and in Montreal as a shelter worker at an Indigenous women’s organization. A frequent media commentator, Jasmine works with partners across sectors and political leanings to advance progressive social policies.


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Dr. Suzanne Stewart is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. She is a registered psychologist and Director of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto (U of T), where she is an Associate Professor in the Division of Social and Behaviour Health Sciences. She holds the TC Energy Research Chair in Indigenous Health. At U of T she is the current Advisor on Indigenous Research to Division of the Vice-President & Provost. She recently completed the Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Homelessness and Life Transitions. Research and teaching interests include Indigenous health and healing in psychology (homelessness, youth mental health, identity, and work-life development), Indigenous determinants of health, Indigenous pedagogies in higher education and health sciences, and Indigenous research ethics and methodologies. She is committed to advancing Indigenous healing issues in academics, health practice, and policy. 


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Moderator: Matti Siemiatycki is the Director of the Infrastructure Institute at the School of Cities, University of Toronto, and Professor in the Department of Geography & Planning. Matti’s work focuses on delivering large-scale infrastructure projects, evidence-based infrastructure investment decisions, and the effective integration of infrastructure into the fabric of cities. His recent studies explore transit policy decisions, the value for money of public-private partnerships, the development of innovative mixed-use buildings as a form of place-based infrastructure policy, and the diversity gap in the infrastructure industry workforce. Matti consults widely on infrastructure policy and is a frequent media commentator on infrastructure and city planning.


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Opening and Closing Remarks: Dr. Sarah Kaplan is Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy, Distinguished Professor of Gender & the Economy and Professor of Strategic Management at Rotman. She is a co-author of the bestselling business book, Creative Destruction as well as Survive and Thrive: Winning Against Strategic Threats to Your Business. Her latest book, The 360° Corporation: From Stakeholder Trade-offs to Transformation was published in September 2019. Her research has covered how organizations participate in and respond to the emergence of new fields and technologies in biotechnology, fiber optics, financial services, nanotechnology and most recently, the field emerging at the nexus of gender and finance. Her current work focuses on applying an innovation lens to understanding the challenges for achieving gender equality.


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