We’re so proud to announce that Insight Theatre was honoured with a Femmy Award on International Women’s Day! The Femmys are given to a handful of women who have made outstanding contributions to the struggle for women’s equality in the National Capital Region, and we were recognized for our Feminist History Walking Tour project.
It took place on Valentine’s Day of this year and offered locals an opportunity to learn about Ottawa’s feminist history, including the establishment of Black History Month (both locally and nationally), the history of abortion services in Ottawa, the fight for trans rights, the decriminalization of contraception and the establishment of Ottawa’s sexual health centres. Insight youth took the lead on this project, choosing topics that were meaningful to them and then led the walk, telling these stories about local feminist history at relevant locations in the downtown area. We loved that we got to share the love of feminism with our community on Valentine's Day.
This project wouldn’t have been possible without the funding and support of the amazing staff at the Girls Action Foundation, the inspiring, smart and hilarious members of this year's Insight Theatre troupe: Sophie, Leah, Justin, Avan and HannaH, our talented assistant director, Alis Goddard, and our skilled and committed Insight intern, Yasene Mawji. My co-workers at PPO were also incredibly supportive: Rachel Horsley and Barbara Hayes were superstars and gave their all to support the walking tour, and Andrea Hogue-Reynolds and Courtney Scanlan were tireless in their organizing of the Femicon event where the Femmy Awards were presented. We make a pretty unstoppable team.
I want to say a special thank you to Liz Bernstein of the Nobel Women's Initiative, who nominated us for this award after attending the walking tour. Her whole team joined us for the event, and they commented on how impressed they were by the depth of the research the youth did. Yay Insight! Amazing job! It’s so important to share these little-known histories with the wider community!