Zonta Club of Ottawa, Canada

IWD March 8, 2021

SPEAKER EVENT: “COVID-19 and Violence

Against Women: The Double Pandemic”

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/ZCO-IWD

COVID-19 and Violence Against Women: The Double Pandemic

About this Event

The pandemic has affected us all. Imagine how it has affected women and children fleeing violence. How can we help? Learn more in this International Women’s Day talk!

The Zonta Club of Ottawa, Canada is pleased to host Kaitlin Geiger-Bardswich, Communications & Development Manager of Women’s Shelters Canada, who breaks down the challenges COVID-19 has presented and amplified regarding violence against women.

Event Details:

Upon registration, the Zoom link will be sent to you via email. Due to virtual event capacity, we ask for your cooperation and encourage you to refrain from sharing the Zoom link with non-registered guests.

To allow attendees to get settled, the event room will open at 6:15pm.

Note: In the video below, we are highlighting this website (www.sheltersafe.ca) that has been created to assist women in finding a shelter that meets their needs. Watch below and share widely with your networks. Thank you in advance.




News Release

Release date: February 9, 2021

COVID-19 and Violence against Women – The Double Pandemic

Imagine what it must be like – isolated at home with a violent partner and nowhere to go. Sadly, too many women know what that feels like.

Zonta Club of Ottawa, Canada (ZCO) is hosting a virtual talk entitled “COVID-19 and Violence against Women: The Double Pandemic” on International Women’s Day, March 8, from 6:30 – 7:30 EST pm via Zoom.

The pandemic has affected us all in so many ways. Women and children fleeing violence have been especially impacted by lockdowns and isolation in their homes. Shelters have been coping with high levels of demand and the urgency to expand these resources is critical.

Kaitlin Geiger-Bardswich is the Communications & Development Manager of Women’s Shelters Canada, a national organization supporting the 550+ shelters and transition houses serving women and children affected by violence against women and intimate partner violence. She holds a BA (Honours) in international relations from the University of Toronto and an MSc Human Rights from the London School of Economics. Women’s Shelters Canada has studied the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women. Her talk will break down the challenges COVID-19 has presented and amplified regarding violence against women and provide insights into how individuals and groups can help.

The public is invited to join this half-hour Zoom talk followed by a 20-minute Question and Answer session. Register to attend this free event, or to receive a recording of the event, at bit.ly/ZCO-IWD2.

Ms. Geiger-Bardswich would be available for a radio/press interviews. She can be contacted directly at kbardswich@endvaw.ca.

ZCO is a chapter of Zonta International, a global organization with a mandate to empower women and press for women’s human rights through service and advocacy. ZCO is involved in local initiatives to support shelters and transition houses through fundraising and speaker events such as this one, to help support and empower women and girls.

For more information about the Zonta Club of Ottawa, Canada, please contact CJ Blake at president@zontaottawa.ca or visit the website at www.zontaottawa.ca.

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