Thursday, September 27, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
*Please RSVP here before September 12, 2018
Sir George Williams Campus
1450 Guy Street
JMSB Building, 9th Floor
This event is wheelchair accessible
The Symposium on Women and Homelessness: Vectors of Invisibility symposium, is a one-day, student-led event that connects researchers, practitioners, policy makers and government representatives to discuss factors, conditions, gaps and obstacles contributing to women’s hidden homelessness in Montreal. Productive policy interventions in housing and social support services with the goal of assisting various groups working with homeless individuals will be explored, in an interactive space that integrates keynote speakers, presentations by local organisations and shelters, and roundtable activities. Attention will be called to structural and individual level processes leading to women’s hidden homelessness, especially how gendered aspects of women's experiences contribute to their invisibility.
Opening Keynote: the Honourable Julie Miville-Dechêne, Senator
Guest Speaker: Rosannie Filato, member of the Montreal Executive Committee
In special collaboration with Logifem
Presentation by shelters Native Women’s Shelter, Chez Doris, Nazareth & Anne’s House, and Shield of Athena
Symposium on Women and Homelessness Program
9:00- Welcome and Introduction
Welcome : Carolina Cambre
Introduce Keynote: Dean André Roy
Keynote: Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne
9:30-12:30 - Panels and Discussions
Panel 1: Adapting to Changing Needs
Panel 2: Intersectionality
Panels will include presentations by Logifem, Chez Doris, Native Women’s Shelter, Nazareth and Ann’s House and Shield of Athena, followed by a Question & Answer period.
14:00-17:00 - Roundtable Interactive Activities
The roundtable activities, composed of a mix of academic representatives and community members, will provoke discussion on key factors related to women experiencing homelessness. The objective of these activities is to identify concrete actions leading to policy influence and improving the response to homelessness in Montreal.
17:00-17:40 - Closing Keynote and Conclusion
Introduce Keynote: Dean Rebecca Duclos
Keynote: Rosannie Filato, Member of Montreal Executive Committee
Women and Homelessness, Vectors of Invisibility is produced by the Department of Education, the Institute for Urban Futures and the Simone de Beauvoir Institute.
This event is made possible with support from the Sustainability Action Fund, the Community Building Fund, the Réseau des Etudes Québécoises à l'Université Concordia and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture.