Fostering Gender Responsiveness in Migration Resilience, Research, and Action

Thursday April 11-9:00 am to 4:00pm.
67 Erb Street West, Waterloo
Multipurpose room BSIA 142, Balsillie School of International Affairs

Fostering Gender Responsiveness in Migration Resilience, Research, and Action

The Fostering Gender Responsiveness conference is an invitation only event that gathers researchers, community leaders and policymakers around the topic of migrant resilience and gender inclusion. We will reflect on how gender impacts and is being considered in our research, in our policies and practices.

The conference will include panels and discussions on important topics such as institutional resilience, gender-responsiveness, and research and evidence-based community engagement.

Many high profile speakers in the panel.

Limited to 80 attendees from the policy, community and academic sectors.

After the discussion, there will be an event open to the public. You can register for the public event here.

Resilience (Social, economic, cultural, health, etc)

Gender-responsiveness & Intersectionality

Building resilience through community collaboration

Plenary speakers

Over 5 high profile speakers are invited in the panels.


Limited to 80 attendees: several coming from the policy, community and academic sectors.

After the event

After the invitation-only discussions, there will be a public event.

Session 1: Building System Resilience: Learning from LIPs and community Experience, Environmental Scans



Tara Bedard

Immigration partnership


Hindia Mohamoud

Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership


Irmtraud Hutfless

Toronto East Quadrant Local Immigration Partnership

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Sarah Wayland

Hamilton Immigration Partnership

Session 2: Gender-Responsiveness and Resilience


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Allison Petrozziello

Wilfrid Laurier University


Carla Angulo-Pasel

Wilfrid Laurier University


Clare Wagner

House of friendship

Munira Haddad

YMCA Immigrant Services

Keynote Lunch: Some Gendered Aspects of Migration: Resilience of Indian Nurses Abroad

Marie Percot

Institut Interdisciplinaire d’Anthropologie du Contemporain (EHESS/CNRS, Paris)

Abstract: Thousands of nurses from India go to work abroad, leaving at an early age. Most of them will then enter in a process of step by step migration, having to adjust to different contexts and countries. These young women have been raised in a very protected way into family where autonomy of women is far from being a norm.
This presentation intends to highlight and analyze the ways these women manage to cope as much as possible with all the challenges they have to face in order to live far from home and in a lot more independent manner. The concept of resilience will then be questioned to verify if and how it may be fruitfully applied in the context of nurses’ migration.

Session 4: Research and Community Collaborative Session on Resilience


Jenna Hennebry



Jill Hanley


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Rupaleem Bhuyan


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Rich Janzen

Centre for Community-Based Research

Family and Children’s Services Waterloo Region/Family Centre

Bounce Back Resilience Project