A Disruptive Dialogue with Women United 2023  


A Disruptive Dialogue with Women United 2023  




November 21, 2023
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
“We only gain by listening to more voices… All those little things happening at local levels, all those conversations you are having with other people, are changing the world.

Anna MacDonald, 2022 Disruptive Dialogue Panelist

Join Women United for our 4th annual Disruptive Dialogue on Tuesday, November 21, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Each year, our Disruptive Dialogue panel breaks down a complex issue affecting women and girls, empowering attendees to learn, advocate, and take action in their communities.

This time, we’re shining a light on the issue of intimate partner violence by amplifying the voices of local experts and those committed to ensuring the most vulnerable women can access the support they need, when they need it.

We all have a role to play in building strong, healthy, safe communities for everyone. And there are steps you can take to help. 

Why do we need to have this conversation today? 

Our communities in Ottawa, Lanark County, Renfrew County and Prescott-Russell are experiencing historic levels of femicide. 

As a member of End Violence Against Women (EVAW) Renfrew County, United Way East Ontario took part in a provincial inquest last year that aimed to address the challenges in rural communities that enable intimate partner violence and femicide.   

The inquest largely focused on the circumstances that led to the 2015 murders of Carol Culleton, Anastasia Kuzyk, and Nathalie Warmerdam in Renfrew County. The jury at the inquest made a list of 86 recommendations that looked broadly at the lessons learned and how to prevent intimate partner violence.  

These recommendations provide a roadmap to increasing safety for women across our region, particularly in rural communities.  

About this event

Our panelists will take a deeper dive into some of the key recommendations. Together, we’ll explore what they mean and how we’re working towards a safer future through advocacy and action 

Get to know the local leaders and advocates driving change beyond the borders of their communities and gain valuable insights into the importance of these recommendations. You’ll leave with an understanding of United Way and Women United’s role in this work as well as actionable takeaways to make a difference on this issue. 

Our speakers will include:

  • Candice Shaw, PhD, Executive Director, Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre
  • Kirsten Mercer, Partner, Goldblatt Partners LLP
  • Jade Nauman, Regional Director, United Way East Ontario
  • Ariel Troster, City Councillor, Somerset Ward

Register today

There is no cost to attend this event. Please note that the content of this event will be presented primarily in English. We do our best to incorporate French whenever possible, based on the language abilities and preferences of our hosts and speakers. 

Watch at your workplace

This is a hybrid event with the option to host an in-person viewing of the virtual panel.

Want to empower women in your workplace? Bring together your co-workers with a unique event? Consider inviting Women United to your workplace.  

Hosting an in-person viewing of our Disruptive Dialogue makes it easy for you to bring important conversations to women leaders where you work. If you’d like to bring this Disruptive Dialogue to your workplace, register your group and let us know how many people you hope to bring together 

Want to learn more about bringing a Disruptive Dialogue to your workplace? Email us today.  

How Women United makes lasting change

United Way East Ontario's Women United makes a difference in these four areas:

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Addressing gender-based violence

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Empowering women in leadership

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Supporting young mothers and their children

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Building an equitable economic recovery

In addition to attending the Disruptive Dialogue, know that you can elevate your impact by becoming a Women United member. 

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