The SJSWC has taken on an exciting three-year project that will address the need for research on how domestic violence (DV) impacts our workplaces. To oversee this project we have hired two full-time Senior Women’s Economic Policy Analysts. They will take the lead on conducting a needs assessment, consulting with women throughout the province, compiling and analyzing data, creating resources, and working directly with partner organizations and the provincial government to pursue provincial DV Leave legislation.
Jenny Wright (M.S.W., R.S.W.) is a feminist, activist, speaker and the Executive Director of the St. John’s Status of Women Council as well as the current Co-Chair of the Provincial Action Network on the Status of Women in Newfoundland & Labrador. She has worked across Canada and New Zealand for more than 20 years in social justice. She is a strong advocate against all forms of violence against women, including sex working, trans and Indigenous women. Jenny speaks frequently on how the underfunding of women’s anti-violence organizations is a pervasive form of violence against women and has been called as a witness to the Federal Standing Committee on Violence Against Women. For the past four years she has co-led the organizing committee for the In Her Name Vigil for missing and murdered women of NL. Passionate about honoring women’s history, Jenny is the editor of A Woman’s Almanac: Your Guide to Feminism, Activism and Change. She has developed innovative programming for women with IPV lived experience, provided training and supervision to practitioners, and served as a consultant on antiviolence program development for community organizations. She is an advocate for women’s leadership and political participation and will join Memorial University this coming semester as an instructor in Women and Politics.
Over the past twenty years, Brenda has worked in academic, industrial, community and government settings. She holds a Diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology and a Masters in Women’s Studies (Memorial University). She has received numerous awards including the Memorial University Medal of Excellence for Research and the Women in Trades and Technology National Network Award of Merit. She is a past recipient of a 3-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada Graduate Scholarship (PhD, Dalhousie) where she studied workforce change and labour migration. Brenda is a strong advocate for women working in all occupational areas and is author of the book Women Fishes These Days about women’s experiences working on fishing boats in Newfoundland and Labrador. She is excited to be part of the St. John's Women's Centre and this important project that will improve our knowledge about workforce issues affecting women while also improving key workplace policies and frontline supports for women.
A self-described ‘history nerd’ Jenne has completed graduate study/research at two universities where she trained as a feminist historian. She began her graduate work at Queens University and completed her second and third post-graduate degrees thanks to a SSHRCC at Yale University. First and foremost a community organizer, Jenne has come to believe that is isn’t just ‘what’ you do but ‘how’ you do it. Anxious to see diverse voices and expertise powerfully combined, you can view a sample of Jenne’s work as an interpretive planner on permanent display at the Commissariat House Provincial Historic Site in St. John’s. Jenne wrote her MA on the first public librarian in Montreal who wrote under a male pseudonym for more than two decades for the first bilingual labour newspaper in Canada. Complacency is not it Jenne’s DNA so she is thrilled to start work at the St. John’s Status of Women Council. In step with this amazing team of feminists, she is working hard to contribute to a massive cross-provincial network that will mount a multi-tiered, strategic response to the upsurge of intimate partner violence in Newfoundland and Labrador.