OTTAWA – The Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) is pleased to announce the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth as the opening keynote speaker at Equal Futures 2022: A Gender Equality Summit to be held at the beautiful Richcraft Hall at Carleton University from June 7-8, 2022. 

Building off of the success of the Equal Futures Network, a CanWaCH initiative, this unique first of its kind event will gather the gender equality movement, in all its diversity, from communities across the country to shape a path towards a more equitable Canada. 

As a devoted community leader and a passionate advocate for vulnerable communities in Canada and around the world, Minister Ien will kick off the summit on June 7, 2022 at 9:00 am EDT. Prior to being elected to the House of Commons, she had an award-winning career in journalism and television that spanned three decades. She has travelled internationally with Journalists for Human Rights and for World Vision.

“Throughout the pandemic, women and gender diverse communities have been disproportionately impacted by economic hardship, gender-based violence and worsened mental and emotional health across Canada and around the world,” said Julia Anderson, CanWaCH CEO. “Equal Futures 2022 is the first opportunity for us to gather safely in person as we revitalize the gender equality movement in Canada.”

To learn more about the summit and how to register, visit


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Lauren Murray
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Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) | (613) 408-5141

CanWaCH | The Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health is comprised of approximately 100 Canadian non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, health professional associations and individuals partnering to improve health outcomes for women and children in more than 1,000 communities worldwide. 

The Equal Futures Network, a CanWaCH initiative, brings together over 450 organizations, agencies, non-profits and grassroots community groups across Canada that are committed to advancing gender equality. Made possible through the financial support of Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) , the Equal Futures Network builds diverse partnerships to accelerate Canada’s progress in achieving equality and empowerment.

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