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Join Niki Ashton for the Women's Forum 2014


This Thursday October 30, I will host the third annual Women's Forum des femmes in Ottawa (WFDF14).

The past two years have set the foundation, leading us collectively to begin 'Building the Feminist Agenda'. This year's Forum theme is about fighting for a feminist vision of our lives, our communities, our country and our world. 

We'll start the day with our panel on 'Building the Feminist Agenda'. We are honoured to host feminist leaders who will explore diverse experiences of gender inequality and provide ideas on how to move forward.

Here are this year's panelists:


| October 11, 2014

The irony of Harper's commitment to women and children

While receiving much praise for renewing the so-called Muskoka Initiative, Harper is killing or de-funding other valuable women's initiatives, both in Canada and abroad.

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| May 31, 2014

Women's words: Five great quotes from Women's Forum 2013

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"Fellow feminists," was how Niki Ashton greeted the crowd at Women's Forum 2013, held earlier last week in Ottawa. It was a fitting address; the women who joined her on stage throughout the day were passionate, they were fiesty and they didn't shy away from using the f-word.

Well over 100 people attended the forum, now in its second year. Ashton, the forum organizer, made headlines in 2008 when she became the second youngest woman ever elected to the House of Commons.


Join the digital discussion at the 2013 Women's Forum

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Follow our live coverage of the 2013 Women's Forum, hosted by MP Niki Ashton, which brings together women from across the country both in person and digitally.

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Women's Forum 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 9:00am - 5:00pm


Government Conference Centre
2 Rideau Street
Ottawa, ON

Join Us! 
The Women's Forum is the first gathering of its kind bringing women, activists and organizations together.

October 29 , 2013, 9:00am-5:00pm

Government Conference Centre, 2 Rideau Street, Ottawa ON

This event offers:

  • Simultaneous interpretation (English & French)
  • Visual interpretation in ASL
  • Wheelchair accessibility

* Please indicate on your registration form how we can further meet your accessibility needs. As well, please email us with any specifics:

Fraser Institute undervalues Canadian families by inaccurately assessing true costs

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Seventy three per cent of mothers in Canada with children under the age of 16 are working mothers, and women still earn on average 30 cents less to the dollar than their male counterparts. The need for economic supports for Canadian families, like access to affordable universal child care has never been greater. Yet in The Cost of Raising Children released August 2013 by the Fraser Institute, economist Christopher Sarlo claimed that childcare, along with other frivolities such as housing, are not costs to be considered when assessing the totality of costs associated with raising children.


Storified: The Ottawa Women's Forum

On Thursday Oct. 18, 2012 NDP MP Niki Ashton hosted Ottawa's first bilingual Women's Forum. was there to cover the action, liveblogging, tweeting and posting audio. But guess who was missing?



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