Women, Work, and the Economy

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This website is a collaborative space that will highlight the pioneering research being conducted by Drs. Nada Basir, Ana Ferrer, and Bessma Momani at the University of Waterloo, focusing on the intersections of women, work, and the economy. Committed to advancing knowledge, we utilize this platform to share insights from their ongoing projects, to foster dialogue, and to engage with our community. This website serves as a hub for disseminating research findings, facilitating participation through surveys, and recruiting for research. Together, we strive to contribute to a more equitable and inclusive economy.


Update: Canada's Racialized Immigrant Women and the Labour Market - Qualitative Analysis

The Women, Work and Economy Group at the University of Waterloo is excited to announce our second workshop presenting the qualitative findings of our IRCC study, as well as the focus group results. This study has given us invaluable insights into the barriers to employment for racialized newcomers. We invite interested academics who wish to attend and potentially contribute to the discourse on barriers to migrant womens' employment.

This workshop will provide an opportunity to delve into our extensive survey data and could inspire further research or writing on the subject. It's a chance to join a collaborative space for knowledge sharing and critical discussion. This work was supported by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada [grant number S218716022] and in collaboration with the Women, Work, and Economy working group at the University of Waterloo [https://uwaterloo.ca/women-work-and-the-economy/].

We look forward to your participation and valuable contributions to this ongoing research.

Renewing Canada - Migration, Intersections and Evolving Identities

The Women, Work, and Economy group at the University of Waterloo is excited to announce that we will be sending two of our Research Associates, Melissa Finn and Allison Petrozziello, to represent our university at the upcoming Metropolis Identity Conference. The conference, themed "Renewing Canada - Migration, Intersections, and Evolving Identities," will be an enriching experience in and an opportunity for our Associates to share the findings of our current projects, receive feedback and collaborate with other researchers. For more information on the content of this conference, please visit here

IRCC Project - Final Conference March 27th, 2025

Mark your calendars for our Final Conference on March 27th, 2025!

This event will mark the culmination of the 5th and final year of the IRCC project conducted by the Women, Work, and Economy Group at the University of Waterloo.

We invite all academics and students who are conducting research on women’s migration and employment in Canada. If you're interested in contributing or participating, please don't hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to your invaluable contributions to this ongoing research.