International Women's Day Conference - 2017

Honouring International Women’s Day: Research & Revolt! – Guelph, March 8, 2017

In honour of International Women’s Day, the Research Facility for Women’s Health and Wellbeing hosted a one-day conference to showcase innovative student research related to girls and women.  Following opening remarks by lab director Dr. Paula Barata, Dr. Mavis Morton (Associate Professor in Sociology) gave an inspiring keynote about research for social change.  Fourteen undergraduate and graduate student women from across the university gave presentations on diverse topics, including sexual and reproductive health, violence against women and trauma, gender stereotypes and bias, memory and learning, women’s bodies and health practices, and mental health and wellbeing. With over 70 people in attendance, the first annual Research & Revolt! conference was a success! Stay tuned for next year’s call for proposals.

Several members of the research lab presented their research:

Sara Crann presented a 15-minute talk that blended a literature review and findings from her community-engaged dissertation research with a girls’ empowerment program that asked the questions: what do we mean when say we are empowering girls and young women, and are we doing it right?

Brittany Danishevsky presented a 5-minute talk on her undergraduate honours thesis about women's memory in the face of emotional arousal and stress. 

Sandy Erb presented a 15-minute talk on her master's thesis research about the relationship between shame, self-blame, and self-compassion in women who have experienced violence in their intimate relationships. 

Nicole Jeffrey presented a 5-minute talk on the first study of her dissertation research about heterosexual men’s perspectives on sex, intimate relationships, and sexual violence.   

Sara Kohtala gave a 5-minute presentation on her undergraduate honours thesis topic; an evaluation of a support and educational preschool program at a women’s shelter.  Sara outlined the effects of intimate partner violence exposure on children, and how shelter programs aim to better those outcomes. She described her methods for her own project concerning a local women’s shelter, and how she intends to analyze her data.

See below for photos from the event!

Members from the Research Facility for Women's Health & Well Being
From Left: Nicole Jeffrey, Dr. Paula Barata, Brittany Danishevsky, Kaylie Quinlan, Sarah Kohtala, Sandy Erb & Sara Crann

Members from the Research Facility for Women's Health & Well Being  From Left: Nicole Jeffrey, Dr. Paula Barata, Brittany Danishevsky, Kaylie Quinlan, Sarah Kohtala, Sandy Erb & Sara Crann

Mavis Morton Presenting

Mavis Morton Presenting

Above: Mavis Morton

Sara Crann

Above: Sara Crann

Brittany Danishevsky

Above: Brittany Danishevsky

Above: Sandy Erb

Above: Sandy Erb

Above: Sarah Kohtala

Above: Sarah Kohtala

Research and Revolt Flyer