THE ARCTIC CYCLE PERFORMANCE OF 'WHALE SONG'
SEPTEMBER 6, 2018
20:00, EVENING RECEPTION, THE THINK CORNER
Supported by funding from NordForsk, “Women of the Arctic” organizers collaborated with The Arctic Cycle playwright and Artistic Director, Chantal Bilodeau, to present a short play, Whale Song, inspired by the women of Alaska. Whale Song is a 15-minute live performance about the migration of several females – both human and animal – within, as well as in an out of Alaska, against a backdrop of climate change.
SEPTEMBER 7, 2018
FÖNSTER ROOM, THE THINK CORNER
A full-day event including three 90-minute expert panels followed by the UArctic Congress Closing Session with former President of Finland, Ms. Tarja Halonen, the first woman to hold the position and an active spokesperson on gender issues and girl’s and women’s rights.
NORTHERN WOMEN AT THE TABLE
This panel draws on the experiences of women mayors, entrepreneurs, and civil society leaders to debate their experiences at the table, ways of increasing women’s representation across all those sectors, and to encourage the stepping up of the next generation of women leaders.
WOMEN IN ARCTIC SCIENCE & EXPLORATION
Panelists with a background in traditional and indigenous knowledge, as well as Western science, from both Arctic and non-Arctic countries will explore how policy, education, international collaboration and mentoring can support women’s scientific careers and promote greater diversity in polar science.
GRAPPLING WITH ‘UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS’
Speakers on this panel will examine some of the causes of, and solutions to, systemic and gender-based violence in northern communities and industries which disproportionately impact the lives of northern women and children. Special focus will be given to the role that art can play in unpacking and healing from such experiences.
THREE GUIDING QUESTIONS:
What do women of the Arctic see as the most pressing issues to be addressed in their respective fields/communities?
What do they see as the greatest challenges in addressing these issues?
Which tools do women of the Arctic identify as necessary to solving these issues? Alternatively, which tools are already working?