The "un" Dinner Party 2023

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Celebrating Milestones

This year is a special one for us. It marks the 40th year of WHAM, and the 20th Anniversary of The Dinner Party. 

We are so thankful for the many volunteers who have come together over the years to not only celebrate International Women’s Day, but also to be part of our other engagements on many social issues. Much has changed over the past 40 years yet much has stayed the same. And, we continue to advocate for equality in our communities and around the world. 

We are thrilled and honored to welcome renowned journalist and social activist Lisa LaFlamme as our keynote speaker. We welcome you to share your thoughts our social media channels (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram). 


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Sally Armstrong

Sally Armstrong brings greeting on WHAM’s 40th anniversary.

Human rights activist, journalist and award-winning author Sally Armstrong has covered stories about women and girls in zones of conflict all over the world. She’s a four-time winner of  the Amnesty International Canada Media Award in 2000, 2002, 2011 and again in 2017. She was named the Massey Lecturer for 2019. She is the recipient of twelve honorary doctorate degrees and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. See her full bio here. 

  Dr. Lauryn Oates

Dr. Lauryn Oates provides an update on Canadian Women For Women in Afghanistan. 

Executive Director of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, Lauryn has worked with a variety of development organizations, multilateral agencies and governments designing, planning, evaluating or implementing programming in education and in gender equality, particularly in war-affected countries. See her full bio here.

Keynote Interview

Lisa Laflamme

Lisa LaFlamme has been at the forefront of journalism for over 30 years tackling some of the biggest issues of our time, traveling the globe, delivering breaking news and bringing it back home to Canadians. 

She joins us in this exclusive interview with WHAM’s Karyn Byrne to discuss gender equality, and stories of first-hand knowledge and experience in Afghanistan and around the world. 

Lisa LaFlamme