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On October 15, join the conversation on creating safe spaces for women and girls.

On the eve of the Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Leaders’ forum, leaders, academics and experts will discuss creating safe spaces for women and girls.

Panelists will explore a range of topics that look at sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces to innovative work being done in different communities and cities to address this important issue.

Time: 6-8:30pm
Date: Monday October 15, 2018
Location: University of Alberta, Lister Hall, Maple Leaf Room
Cost: $5/student, $7/general admission via Eventbrite

This event will be moderated by Mayor Don Iveson and is hosted by the City of Edmonton in collaboration with United Nations Women, Alberta Status of Women and the University of Alberta. 

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Meet the Panelists

Muriel Stanley Venne, Founder of Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women

Muriel Stanley Venne has been a leader in the First Nations and Métis communities of Alberta for more than 30 years and has advanced the fair treatment of Indigenous peoples within all levels of society. Her activist path began when former Premier Peter Lougheed appointed her as one of the first seven commissioners to the Alberta Human Rights Commission in 1973. Her work has been recognized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and she has received numerous awards for her tireless advocacy.

Councillor Esslinger, City of Edmonton

Bev was first elected to City Council in 2013 and is now serving her second term. Bev champions the women's initiative and is working to build a child-friendly city. She also started the Gender Based Violence Initiative out of concern for the high numbers of families affected. She desires to see real change in the behaviours and statistics. She was instrumental in bringing the Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Leaders’ Forum to Edmonton. 

Dr. Lise Gotell, University of Alberta

Dr. Lise Gotell is a professor with the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta and was recently named the new Landrex Distinguished Professor.  Dr. Lise Gotell will be researching the justice gap experienced by survivors of sexual assault in Alberta as part of her new Landrex Distinguished Professorship. Her overarching research expertise is in the area of gender and law she has published widely on such topics as equality litigation, constitutional jurisprudence, obscenity law and sexual assault. 

Dr. Purna Sen, United Nations Women

Dr. Purna Sen is UN Women’s Executive Coordinator and Spokesperson on Addressing Sexual Harassment and Other Forms of Discrimination. In her current role, she focuses on placing women’s experiences at the heart of work on sexual harassment and brings survivor-focused approaches to the fore, in order to coordinate UN Women’s efforts towards decisive action on this pressing issue, which at its core, tackles the gendered nature of power and the need to ensure justice and dignity for women at work.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Purna Sen was the Director of Policy at UN Women where she was responsible for direction, leadership and management of the Policy Division as well as the UN Women Training Centre. She has over 30 years’ experience in capacity building, service delivery and evaluation review, teaching, advocacy and research publishing.  

Her work has included research, publications and activism on violence against women, culture and human rights, trafficking, sexuality and sexual control, human rights developments, civil society organizing against violence, and social development issues and race equality in the UK. She has a PhD from Bristol University on the subject of violence against women.  

Hon Danielle Larivee, Government of Alberta

Danielle Larivee was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as the Member for the constituency of Lesser Slave Lake on May 5, 2015. She was appointed Minister of Children's Services on January 19, 2017, and appointed Minister of Status of Women on June 18, 2018. She previously served as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Service Alberta. Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Ms. Larivee worked for over 17 years as a registered nurse with Alberta Health Services.  

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