Chairperson’s Message for International Women’s Day 2022 “Break the Bias”

International Women’s Day “Break the Bias”





Kate McKenna

Kate McKenna. Photo courtesy of Kate.


KINLEY (Kinley Dowling). Photo courtesy of the artist.

EPISODE 1: Journalist Kate McKenna and artist Kinley Dowling discuss gender-based violence, activism and art, while giving us a glimpse into the advocacy and efforts that went into an investigation on drink spiking incidents that they collaborated on in Fall 2021.

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Jane Robertson

Jane Robertson. Photo Courtesy of Jane.

Jay Baglole

Jay Baglole. Photo courtesy of Jay.

EPISODE 2: Journalist Jane Robertson and early childhood educator Jay Baglole talk about gender expression, gender transitions, parenting, and progresses in 2SLGBTQ+ advocacy.

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Dawne Knockwood

Dawne Knockwood. Photo courtesy of the Native Council of PEI.

Sarah Stewart Jackson

Sarah Stewart Jackson. Photo courtesy of the Native Council of PEI and Sarah.

EPISODE 3: UPEI Researcher and Native Council “Leading the Way” facilitator Dawne Knockwood talks to Native Council Elder and MMIWG Program Coordinator Sarah Stewart-Jackson about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Truth and Reconciliation and decolonization.

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Millie Langston. Photo courtesy of Millie.

Linda Hennessey

Linda Hennessey. Photo courtesy of the PEIACSW and Linda.

EPISODE 4: Community archivist and descendant from the Bog Linda Hennessey speaks with Camp Furaha co-founder Millie Langston about the importance of recording history, black history on PEI, and being Black on PEI. 

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The IWD organizing committee brings advocacy and celebration online in 2022 with a special podcast series. Four (4) pairs of exceptional women and gender diverse people will share their experiences and perspectives of “breaking the bias” in PEI.

Each podcast will feature a conversation between two members of the community who through their actions, analysis, lived experiences, and intersecting identities inspire us.

Some of the topics for discussion will include trans experiences, Black Island history, perspectives on Indigeneity and reconciliation, women as caregivers, art, activism, and justice for survivors. They bring journalistic skills, community activism, and courage to the challenge.

All of the podcast recordings will be made available on March 8th, International Women’s Day – the day we join women and gender diverse people worldwide in calling for gender equity and justice for all!

The podcast series will be accessible on the PEI Status of Women Facebook page: or at or wherever you get your podcasts.

Listen. Learn. Light a fire to break the gender bias.

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Thank You…

A big thank you to everyone who helped create the International Women’s Day 2022 podcasts to “Break the Bias!”

Heartfelt appreciation to:


  • Union of Public Sector Employees
  • Public Service Alliance of Canada
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees
  • PEI Federation of Labour
  • Allies and Partners
  • Women’s Network PEI
  • Cooper Institute
  • Coalition for Women in Government
  • Interministerial Women’s Secretariat

IWD Organizing Committee

  • Molly Williams
  • Sweta Daboo
  • Donna Dingwell
  • Michelle Jay

Podcast Conversations

  • Kate McKenna x KINLEY Dowling
  • Jane Robertson x Jay Baglole
  • Dawne Knockwood x Sarah Stewart Jackson
  • Millie Langston x Linda Hennessey

And thank you to Cathy Rose, our esteemed Chairperson, Council members of the Status of Women, and to Council staff – Jane and Becky and Michelle.






International Women’s Day 2021 Podcasts

The IWD’s organizing committee brought advocacy and celebration online in 2021 in a special podcast series featuring five exceptional women and gender-diverse people sharing their perspectives and experiences of “choosing to challenge.” Each person was interviewed by another inspiring member of the community, celebrating Island leaders who are contributing their passion, skills, experiences, and choices to advancing gender equality.

“Choosing to Challenge” is especially relevant when we reflect back on this year of challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the inequalities that the pandemic and our responses to it have exposed. Many of the most glaring challenges worldwide have the greatest impact on women, girls and gender diverse people. We continue to challenge for the rights to safety, choice, participation in decision-making, and access to substantive equality for everyone, everywhere.

You can listen to the podcasts here or find it on your favourite podcast app.

Links to the 2021 individual podcast episodes are available here: