Philosophers’ Café discusses the state of gender equality

Chamber of Commerce CEO Dianne Hawkins leads discussion

Are we there yet? Are men and women treated equally in Canadian society?

In October, Justin Trudeau explained that his cabinet was gender balanced “because its 2015.” And yet he still felt the need to name a Minister for the Status of Women. It would seem society has come a long way toward addressing gender inequity, but just how far have we come, and how far do we still have to go? Indeed, what does “equal” mean in this context?

Join us as Dianne Hawkins, CEO of the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, helps us review the progress made and explore issues still to overcome in gender equality and the status of women.

Hawkins has been at the helm of the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce since 2004. Her vision and management skills have enabled the Chamber to become “the voice of business in the Comox Valley”.

Hawkins has travelled far and wide engaging in humanitarian efforts in the Dominican Republic and India. She has built houses, fed children and shared acts of simple kindness and companionship with prostitutes and those deemed “untouchable” – against whom human rights abuses are a daily occurrence. Undoubtedly these experiences have shaped her leadership style as she leads from her heart, and trusts her instincts. Being in leadership roles has taught her the importance of authenticity, to defy her fears, and to live with integrity and embrace innovation.

Once a month a speaker will introduce a theme to the Café, and then all who attend can join in respectful, non-partisan conversation, or just sit back and listen. You are welcome to propose topics and introduce them at future Cafés. Themes should be of broad interest and national significance, and have an element of controversy to them.

Hawkins will have just 10 minutes to introduce the topic, and then the floor is open for 50 minutes of moderated discussion.

Philosophers’ Café takes place Wednesday, June 1 at Berwick Comox Valley (1700 Comox Ave., Comox) in the Community Room.

 

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