Meet The Speakers: 2021 Canadian Symposium on Sustainable & Equitable Periods
Updated: Sep 13
We are so proud to announce the speakers that will be joining our symposium this year on Saturday, September 18th, 2021. The conference will be held over Zoom and will feature a variety of speakers, workshops, and discussions on menstrual equity. Registration is required to attend. You can save your spot by registering below.
Let's take a closer look at who will be speaking at our event!
Carly Pistawka is the co-founder of Moon Time Sisters BC, a non-profit project that sends menstrual products to remote indigenous communities in Northern BC. Moon Time Sisters BC establishes connections with communities where menstrual products are unaffordable and/or inaccessible. Outside of her work with Moon Time Sisters, Carly attends the University of British Columbia for Biotechnology.
Niki Oveisi & Olivia Stein
"Supporting Menstrual Health and Equity in Post-Secondary Institutions with Reusable Menstrual Products"
Our very own Niki Oveisi and Olivia Stein will be presenting on their research project "Supporting Menstrual Health and Equity in Post-Secondary Institutions with Reusable Menstrual Products." Through this project, Niki and Olivia have sought to understand the usage patterns, barriers to usage, and potential next steps for the integration of RMS in post-secondary institutions. Understanding this can help us design interventions to empower more people in switching to RMS, and aim to reduce the number of waste created from single-use menstrual supplies.
"Using Social Media and Marketing to Amplify Menstrual Equity Advocacy"
Taught by Rachel Ettinger
Rachel Ettinger is the Founder of Here for Her, @shophereforher (rebrand coming soon!) She currently works at Unilever Canada and was a former morning radio personality for Virgin Radio for 6 years. Here for Her is a social enterprise that promotes health education and focuses on menstrual health advocacy. We believe everyone should be educated and empowered about their health so they can make informed decisions. Due to HFH’s advocacy efforts, London, ON was the first city in Canada to provide free menstrual products in all publicly accessible, city-owned buildings in 2019. HFH has been a part of countless initiatives alongside other advocates to provide free menstrual products; at school boards, universities, municipalities and workplaces. After leading a successful petition in 2020 asking the Federal Government to follow through on their menstrual equity statements back in 2019 (supported by Liberal MP Peter Fragiskatos), Rachel was able to speak to the Minister of Labour, Minister Tassi in Oct 2020 regarding Labour FRP plans. HFH has partnered with brands such as Diva Cup and Ovarian Cancer Canada to raise awareness/donations and has been featured by Cityline, CBC Radio Canada, Huffington Post and more! #hereforhealth
"Making Menstrual Movements Gender Inclusive"
Taught by A.J Lowik
A.J. Lowik is a Ph.D. Candidate with the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC, where they study trans people's reproductive lives, health, decision-making processes and experiences accessing reproductive health care. Their work focuses on abortion, nursing, pregnancy, menstruation, assisted reproductive and fertility preservation technologies, and other aspects of reproductive life. They are the Gender Equity Advisor with the Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity, a Graduate Academic Assistant at the BC Centre on Substance Use and a Sessional Instructor at UBC where they teach Intro to Trans Studies. A.J. also runs a trans-inclusion consulting business, where they work with health care professionals, researchers and organizations of all kinds to create meaningfully inclusive research, spaces and services for trans and non-binary people. They are a queer liberationist, an unapologetic feminist, and a lover of cats, beaches and board.
Nadine is a community organizer and a local activist who was elected to New Westminster's City Council in 2018. She has served on the Mayor’s Task Force on Climate Change and the Environment, and the Mayor’s Task Force on Reconciliation, Inclusion, and Public Engagement, where she helped put forth a motion for the City to offer menstrual products in public facilities... Nadine also chairs the Environment Advisory Committee and is the council representative on the Youth Advisory Committee.