Canadian Women’s Foundation Podcasts

Alright, Now What?

podcast postAlright, Now What? puts an intersectional feminist lens on stories that make you wonder “Why is this still happening?” Through expert interviews, we explore systemic roots and strategies for change that will move us closer to the goal of gender justice.

Hosted by Andrea Gunraj of the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

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Season 6 (2024)

Season 5 (2023)

The Signal for Help

podcast postSignal for Help is a special podcast series from the Canadian Women’s Foundation and award-winning women journalists, Media Girlfriends. Featuring interviews with survivors and experts, we’ll explore how everyday people can better support survivors of gender-based violence.

Hosted by Nana aba Duncan of Media Girlfriends.

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Indige Health Hub Podcast

The Indige-Health Hub at the Canadian Women’s Foundation, connects Indigenous youth from all across Turtle Island or so-called Canada. The youth strive to bring together communities to talk about what healthy relationships look and feel like. Two years ago, this hub became a youth-led group and since then has developed some really unique resources relevant to the diverse communities many continue to be a part of. The goal of the Indige-Health Hub podcast is to come together for community, connection, a place to learn, a place to listen, to grow, gain new experiences, and cultural insights. This project is one that continues to uplift, and empower Indigenous youth to share their voices and experiences. To step into, and own their power. Resonating on the differences amongst, but also the shared passion and knowledge each person holds that joins the circle.

This episode is the fourth and final of the first Indige-Health Hub series, and although we as a team did not set colonial deadlines or standards for how long this journey would continue, four seems fitting. It honours the four directions, four sacred medicines, and four ways of being: physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual. This episode highlights insights that are incredibly valuable in relation to spirituality, culture, kinship, connection, gender, access and Trans/Queer/Two-spirit empowerment. It was recorded live on the traditional territory of the Anishinabeg/Algonquin Peoples, or in so-called Ottawa, ON – at the Shock Proofing Communities Summit 2023. Eight guests came together in a roundtable ceremony to share their unique experiences.

This episode is the third of the series and wellness was a topic that is central to the Indige-Health Hub itself. Healing and health of all kinds (mental, physical, emotional, spiritual) should be talked about more to work towards ending the stigma, and especially wellness methods that may work or not work, for Indigenous kin. Being open and honest about where one is at in regards to health is crucial, for not only youth, but for all. With special guest Shelby Soney.

This episode is the second of the series and the youth really wanted to honour all that art does for Indigenous communities and also how it can allow healing of the spirit. Indigenous peoples have been artists since time immemorial, and art ranges from physical painting, drawing, or beading and also song, dance, media, and other forms. Indigenous art is constantly evolving and creating opportunities for folk to connect, grow, and inspire. With special guest Darlene Isaac.

This episode is the first of the Indige-Health Hub series, and aims to shed light and insight on Indigenous language revitalization- specifically on some of the nuances, challenges, but also the joy that comes with it. With special guest Sherry Copenance.

Past Seasons of Alright, Now What?

The Inequality of Parenting – Episode 1 (June 16)

Male Dominated: Harassment Beyond the Military – Episode 2 (June 30)

With author and women’s rights advocate, Julie S. Lalonde, and Research and Training Director of AfterMeToo, Kate Cornell

Paid Sick Leave is a Feminist Issue – Episode 3 (July 14)

With social justice lawyer and advocate Fay Faraday and Vice President of Community Initiatives at the Foundation Anuradha Dugal

“De-Platforming Misogyny”: How to Address Online Hate? – Episode 4 (July 28)

With Rosel Kim and Pam Hrick of the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)

Evicted: How Homelessness Impacts Women – Episode 5 (August 11)

With Khulud Baig of Women’s National Housing and Homelessness Network and Kaitlin Schwan of The Shift

Yes, the Gender Pay Gap Exists, and it’s Complicated – Episode 6 (August 25)

With Dr. Sarah Kaplan, Director of the Institute for Gender and the Economy and Distinguished Professor of Gender and the Economy and Professor of Strategic Management at Rotman

Gender Justice and #Elxn44 – Episode 7 (September 8)

With Ann Decter, Senior Director of Community Initiatives and Policy at the Canadian Women’s Foundation

What #Elxn44 Results Mean for Gender Justice – Episode 8 (September 22)

With Anuradha Dugal, VP of Community Initiatives at the Canadian Women’s Foundation

Trafficking: Learnings From the Grassroots – Episode 9 (October 6)

With Karen Campbell, Director of Community Initiatives and Policy at the Canadian Women’s Foundation

The Future for Millennials and Gen Z – Episode 10 (October 20)

With Anjum Sultana, National Director of Public Policy & Strategic Communications at YWCA Canada

The Trouble With Leaning In – Episode 11 (November 3)

With Sagal Dualeh, Director of the Investment Readiness Program at the Canadian Women’s Foundation

The Signal for Help – Bonus Episode 12 (November 10)

With Suzanne Duncan, Vice-President of Philanthropy at the Canadian Women’s Foundation

Transgender Day of Remembrance – Episode 13 (November 17)

With Fae Johnstone, public speaker, consultant, educator and community organizer

The Signal for Help is Only as Good as its Response – Episode 14 (December 1)

With Suzanne Duncan, Vice-President of Philanthropy at the Canadian Women’s Foundation

A Better Response to Abuse – Laura’s Story – Episode 15 (December 15)

With Laura, a friend of the Canadian Women’s Foundation

Femicide is on the Rise – Episode 16 (December 29)

With Anuradha Dugal, Vice President of Community Initiatives at the Canadian Women’s Foundation and a representative of the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability

Is Feminism No Longer the F-Word? – Episode 17 (January 12)

With Michelle Musindo, Manager of Community Initiatives at the Canadian Women’s Foundation

The State of Gender Justice – Episode 18 (January 26)

With Paulette Senior, President and CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation

A Feminist Lens on Alt-Right Ideology – Episode 19 (February 9)

With Luna KC at the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW-ICREF)

Exploring Misogynoir – Episode 20 (February 23)

With Paulette Senior, President and CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation

The Abuse Support Gap – Episode 21 (March 9)

With Stacey Rodas, Manager of Public Relations and Online Engagement at the Canadian Women’s Foundation

Mind the Gender Pay Gap- Episode 22 (March 23)

With Suzanne Duncan, Vice-President of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, and Paulette Senior, President and CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation

Refugee Experiences are Gendered – Episode 23 (April 6)

With Sizwe Inkingi, Coordinator of the Positive Spaces Initiative at the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)

Promises and Pitfalls of Canada’s Federal Budget – Episode 24 (April 20)

With Ann Decter, Senior Director of Community Initiatives and Policy at the Canadian Women’s Foundation

Sexual Assault Evidence Kits – Episode 25 (May 4)

With Nicole Pietch, Writer and Advocate at the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC)

Mothers at the Breaking Point- Episode 26 (May 18)

With Stacey Rodas, Manager of Public Relations and Online Engagement at the Canadian Women’s Foundation

Reproductive Justice – Episode 27 (June 1)

With Meghan Doherty, Director of Global Policy & Advocacy at Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights

The Resurgence of Victim-Blaming – Episode 28 (June 15)

With Nicole Bedera

Anna Maria Tremonti and Eternity Martis Share Stories of Abuse – Episode 29 (June 29)

Gender Justice in the North – Episode 30 (July 6)

With Delma Autut, lead of the Northern Strategy, a granting partnership between Canadian Women’s Foundation and MakeWay Foundation

Groundbreaking Inquest in Renfrew County – Episode 31 (July 27)

With Pamela Cross, Legal Director of Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre

The Future of Care – Episode 32 (August 10)

Featuring Andrea Gunraj of the Canadian Women’s Foundation at The Walrus Talks: What’s Next

Girls, Rape Culture and Colonialism – Episode 33 (August 24)

With Dr. Mythili Rajiva is associate professor at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, University of Ottawa

First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Youth – Episode 34 (September 7)

With Taylor Arnt and Tori Chief Calf

Young Feminists Lead Climate Justice – Episode 35 (September 21)

With Sydney Piggott of Cohort X

Feminist Journalism- Episode 36 (October 5)

With journalists Robyn Doolittle and Christina Frangou

Women and White Nationalism Part 1 – Episode 37 (October 19)

With journalist Erica Ifill

Women and White Nationalism Part 2 – Episode 38 (November 2)

With Barbara Perry, Director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism

Decolonizing Giving – Episode 39 (November 16)

With Kris Archie, Chief Executive Officer of The Circle on Philanthropy

Ending Sexual Violence on Campus – Episode 40 (November 30)

With Ziyana Kotadia, Chair of the Safe Campus Coalition

December 6 and Ending Femicide – Episode 41 (December 14)

With Corinne Ofstie, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services and Expert Advisory Panel member of Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability

Signal for Help:Learn to End Abuse – Episode 42 (December 28)

With Jennifer Delisle, Learning Designer for the LX Labs team at Onlea

Join us for the third season of Alright, Now What?, a podcast that’s all about systemic change and the journey towards gender justice. This season we’re partnering with our friends at the Equality Fund and Community Foundations of Canada to bring you four jam-packed episodes with incredible guests who are engaged in fundraising and feminist activism. We’ll be digging deep into feminist philanthropy, and how can we redefine the future of giving.

Redefining Giving

In this first episode, we speak with the Equality Fund and Community Foundations of Canada about what we mean by “feminist philanthropy,” and the exciting conversations to come this season.

Challenging Best practices: Moving Past the “Conversation Industrial Complex”

Feminist philanthropists aren’t afraid to be challenged. This episode we’re joined by Vidya Nair from the Equality Fund and Kerry-Jo Ford Lyn from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice to discuss how we can undo some of our long-held fundraising best practices in order to move into meaningful action.

Trust, Relationships, and Burn-Out

Building trusting relationships between all philanthropic partners is key to a thriving, equitable sector. This week on the show, we’re joined by Raisa Borshchigova from Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights to talk about how we can redefine giving through collective care, and by listening to and respecting the expertise of activists and front-line workers.

Building Accountable, Equitable Futures

In this final episode of the season, we talk about how to consistently build accountability and equity into our feminist fundraising and investing practices going forward, with guest Nadia Djinnit from the Cooperation Council of Ontario.

BONUS: Federal Budget 2021

In April, the federal government unveiled a federal budget that includes historic investment in childcare, action on gender-based violence, and other issues of relevance to gender equality matters in Canada. This bonus episode discusses some of the major elements of that budget and what the implications might be moving forward into the future.

16 Days, 16 Ways to Act Together

In times of crisis, inequality grows and vulnerable communities can be left behind. We know that the isolation measures brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic increase the risk of gender-based violence, but what can we do to end this violence for good? During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (Nov. 25 to Dec. 10), we’re talking all about violence prevention, intervention, and how we can #ActTogether to create change in this crucial moment for women and girls in Canada.

The Canadian Women’s Foundation and The Body Shop Canada are teaming up during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence to amplify how we can all #ActTogether. In this episode, we speak to Hilary Lloyd at The Body Shop about what the campaign means for her personally, and her work at The Body Shop.

Emotional Abuse in the “Shadow Pandemic”

When we think about gender-based violence, we tend to think about physical abuse. But there are hidden forms of violence, including manipulation, control, name-calling, gaslighting, and isolation, that often go unaddressed. This week, we’re chatting with Anuradha Dugal and Jacqueline Hall about what emotional abuse looks like in the COVID-19 pandemic, and what we can do about it.

Ending Gender-Based Violence: What it Takes

To end gender-based violence before it starts, we need violence prevention and intervention. And rather than seeing violence as something inevitable, advocates view it as something that can be ended with the right mix of policy, practice, funding, services, supports, and education. We’re closing this season by speaking to Rachael Crowder, the Executive Director of the Prince Edward Island Rape and Sexual Assault Centre, and Lisa Jewell,  the Outreach and Housing Coordinator at Fort Saint John Women’s Resource Society.

Alright, Now What?, is a new podcast from the Canadian Women’s Foundation. On this show we’re asking: how does a pandemic affect the most marginalized people among us? And how do we get from there, to where we want to be?

On this season, we’ll be talking to our resident experts address the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on diverse women and girls, and which structures are failing women during this emergency. You’ll hear their insights about what’s happening in communities and systemic issues that have come to light this emergency. Then we’ll be looking forward, to uncover how we can use this challenging time not to go “back to normal,” but instead how we can chart the way toward a pandemic recovery that centres gender equality, and how you can take action.

The Future of Work

In our inaugural episode, we dig into why women in the workforce are being disproportionately affected by the pandemic and why it’s so important that “care work” be valued as real work.

The Future of Safety

How are those in violent situations seeking help during a pandemic? And why is it that we’re seeing the numbers of reported incidents actually decrease in some areas? Content note: this episode contains discussions of gender-based violence. If you or someone you know requires support services, consult our directory of services. If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

The Future of Normal

For many folks, the “normal” status quo was not that great. We tackle the big question of why a new, post-pandemic normal must be built on gender equality.

The Future of #MeToo

With workplaces shifting to online and remote for the foreseeable future, has workplace sexual harassment improved – or simply changed?

The Future of All of Us

We’ve spent four episodes breaking down just how deeply COVID-19 is impacting women, and particularly low-income, racialized, and gender-diverse folks. But the question remains – what are we doing about it? And how can you help? This is the future of us, and that means all of us. In Canada, there are three key mobilizers of social change – service providers, government, and community activism. This week, we’re digging in to each so you can find your place in the movement.

BONUS: The Future of Recovery

We’re working on bringing you a second season, and we’re so excited about it. But for now, we have some pressing new data we need to share with you.