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Book cover for Intersectional Colonialities, edited by Robel Afeworki Abay and Karen Soldatić

Book Launch of Intersectional Colonialities: Embodied Colonial Violence and Practices of Resistance at the Axis of Disability, Race, Indigeneity, Class, and Gender

On June 5, Deborah Stienstra of the Live Work Well Research Centre (LWWRC) joined fellow authors and editors to celebrate the virtual launch of the book "Intersectional Colonialities: Embodied Colonial Violence and Practices of Resistance at the Axis of Disability, Race, Indigeneity, Class, and Gender." Editors Robel Afeworki Abay and Karen Soldatić (Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Health Equity and Community Wellbeing) hosted the event on Zoom.  

"The Politics of Disability" written on a chalkboard.

The Politics of Disability

Deborah Stienstra, Director of the Live Work Well Research Centre, is offering a new Fall 2024 course to explore The Politics of Disability. Drawing on research and experiences from Canada and the global South, the course will help to address the historic neglect of issues of and people with disabilities in politics and policy. It will also use an intersectional lens and a cross-disability/impairment approach to consider how various experiences of disability and ableism intersect with other experiences of oppression including gender, race, Indigenousness, class, age, and sexuality, among others.

Book cover for "Counting Matters: Policy, practice, and the limits of gender equality measurement in Canada. Edited by Christina Gabriel and L. Pauline Rankin

New Chapter on Gender Quality Measurement

Congratulations to Leah Levac and Deborah Stienstra on their chapter in a recently published book Counting Matters: Policy, Practice, and the Limits of Gender Equality Measurement in Canada, edited by Christina Gabriel and L. Pauline Rankin. This book investigates how the rise in gender equality measurement contributes to, and falls short of, effective gender equality policy implementation. Leah and Deborah's chapter, with Petrina Beals and Jessica McCuaig, is called "Advancing Intersectional Considerations in Measuring Gender Equality: A Community Vitality Index in Labrador."

Dr. Deborah Stienstra About Making a Living and Life

On April 9, 2024, Dr. Deborah Stienstra attended the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Speaker Series to present her research to IWH scientists and staff. This work relayed the experiences of women with disabilities to understand why it’s essential to move past focusing on jobs as the experience of work and health for women with disabilities and instead move towards a livelihoods approach.

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Indigenous and Autistic: Nothing About Us Without Us

April is World Autism Month, which is intended to promote connectedness with and inclusion of autistic people. It was previously known as "Autism Awareness Month," and some organizations still refer to it that way. However, autistic-led organizations and communities have long called for a shift toward "Autism Acceptance" or "Autism Appreciation" to reflect their understanding of autism as a lived experience, not an illness or condition.

Poster of a foggy scene representing an Afghanistan city with a lone person walking through a deserted street with two buildings and utility poles. A black, yellow, and red square are staggered on top of one another, with the words “Escaping the Taliban” inside. The description, “A conversation with an Afghan female judge.”

Escaping the Taliban: A Conversation with an Afghan Female Judge, March 28

The College of Social and Applied Human Sciences is hosting a conversation with an Afghan female judge. Moderated by an Ontario Superior Court Justice, Escaping the Taliban will discuss the impacts that the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan has had on female judges. 

This event is being held on Thursday, March 28, from 11:30 am -12:45 pm in Rozanski Hall, Room 103. No registration is required. 


Seeking Graduate Research Assistant for Engendering Disability-Inclusive Development Project

The Live Work Well Research Centre is hiring a part-time Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) from May 1, 2024, to March 31, 2025. The position will provide support for the Engendering Disability-Inclusive Development partnership's knowledge mobilization hub for up to 7 hours a week. The deadline for applications is March 17.

Read more about the position and how to apply at

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