In early 2018, a couple of scientists were discussing the activities they were all holding in their respective cities and realized they could join forces and invite other women to form a pan-Canadian Immigrant and International Women in Science (IWS) Network. Later that year, this idea was formalized spreading rapidly to cover multiple cities thanks to the great support offered by many women across Canada.
The IWS Network (https://iwsnetwork.ca) is now led by a fantastic group of women that have faced the unique challenges of being Immigrants and International Women with current or former Scientific backgrounds. IWS is currently present in 9 different Canadian cities, with prospects to include more cities in the future.
We are committed to empowering one another by creating awareness of the important role we play in advancing the Canadian scientific community.
We saw the lack of support and we promptly took action! Our community has swiftly grown in only one year and we are now able to provide support to additional fellow IWS members.
We organize monthly in-person meetings creating a safe and friendly space to support each other and share experiences about gender equity, diversity, inclusion, personal, professional and cultural challenges, and share opportunities. In one year we have impacted over 1000 women across Canada with our strong commitment to empower immigrant women in science through experience and knowledge exchange without panels nor experts . This is the sole pan-Canadian network offering support to Immigrant Women in Science! It is amazing to see how much we have achieved with and for You!
The IWS Network is currently a non-for-profit group (non-registered), driven exclusively by the committed volunteer work of IWS leaders and recently members, who are passionate about making a difference in supporting their fellow IWS members. As our network is growing and building collaboration with other organizations, we are seeking funding to support future activities, in particular, OUTREACH.
As our goal for the next year is to reach a larger group of women, we are launching this campaign to be able to:
- Offer additional services and topics to IWS members
- Make our meetings inclusive and available to all our members and allies, using a videoconferencing platform
- Support the ongoing maintenance fees of our website, social media, as well as rooms for meetings when needed
- Create and distribute additional communication tools to spread the IWS message
Bring external speakers to our meetings
In short, to keep soaring with our work and achieve our mission, we need your HELP and
support to increase our OUTREACH!
Even the smallest contribution will make a difference!
- NORA TARAZONA
- Yanet Valdez
- Adriana Suarez
- Manisha Bharadia
- Hellen Weinschutz Mendes