Soapbox Science 2020- when Science speaks in women’s voice

“Not only is it important to ask questions and find the answers, as a scientist I felt obligated to communicate with the world what we were learning.”  -Stephen Hawking The COVID-19 pandemic brought with it many challenges and lessons to be learned. In our position as women in STEM, one of the biggest lessons was …

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Women and Wealth – a discussion to better financial health

Income does not equal to wealth’ Ask yourself this- If you could choose, would you be comfortable leaving yourself in charge of managing your own finances? More than half of the women do not– they let their spouses manage and make long-term decisions instead. On September 28th, Immigrant and International Women in Science(IWS) organization hosted a webinar …

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Navigating Canadian STEM Workforce as an Immigrant Woman

Are you an immigrant woman trying to navigate the new waters of Canadian STEM landscape? Our members from 6 Canadian cities virtually gathered and brainstormed the common struggles and challenges of IWS. This started a fruitful, honest, critical discussion about how to overcome the barriers that immigrant women in STEM face when they come to …

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Science Diplomacy in times of COVID-19 – May 2020

“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.” – Louis Pasteur. In simplest terms, science diplomacy can be defined as bridging the world and bringing it together on a unified scientific pedestal. It includes local, national, and global scientific collaborations, to work towards a common goal, …

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Adapting to a new culture: the Canadian Workplace – Feb 2020

We followed up with our February meeting on cultural assimilation after immigration as part of our second meeting in our monthly series in 2020. When moving to a new country, we always bring with us our cultural baggage and so do many other people when they immigrate to Canada. Canada has an incredibly diverse population, …

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March virtual meet up: Coping with a pandemic

IWS offers safe and friendly space for our members to share their experiences and support each other. As you may know, we normally conduct monthly in-person meetings to talk about gender equity, diversity, professional and cultural challenges and opportunities. However, in consideration of the physical distancing measures put in place due to COVID-19 pandemic, we …

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Calgary Womxn: Taking Strides testimonial

 We were so proud to be invited to represent the IWS-Network in Calgary at the “Calgary Womxn: Taking strides” event that took place at the public library on January, 18th 2020. At the event, we mingled with diverse women-centered organizations making life-long connections, and learned about many amazing initiatives happening in Calgary.  Moreover, we were able to expand our …

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Living abroad in times of COVID-19: Perspectives from IWS

 “On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organization was alerted to several cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. The virus did not match any other known virus…”   Three months later on March 11, 2020, WHO declared SARS-CoV-2, also known COVID-19 a pandemic. What followed seemed straight out of a dystopian future from science fiction; …

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IWS at the National Engineer Month Initiative at Humber College

On March 7, 2020, IWS was invited by Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning(Humber College) and non-profit organization, Let’s Get Together, to attend the “Electronics in Motion” workshop as part of the celebration for National Engineer Month (NEM). This free program was organized by the Faculty of Applied Science and Technology staff and students in collaboration with the Humber College’s Community Outreach …

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