April 15, 2013
Thanks to all who are donated, shared and are moving
Dancing Backwards forwards!
April 10, 2013
Here we go!
Dancing Backwards launches Indiegogo Campaign!
Please lend us your support. You'll be making a big difference promoting more engagement from both girls and boys in politics, and leadership, encouraging more youth to vote!
See you on the indiegogo website:
April 7, 2013
DANCING BACKWARDS: LET'S GET CANADA'S POLITICAL WOMEN INTO HISTORY
OK Everyone - it's coming...a new tentacle is in the process of unfurling and getting a grip on 4 Victoria schools. Sound scary? Not at all.
It's called "Dancing Backwards: Let's Get Canada's Political Women into History!" Stories about women who helped shape Canada but are rarely mentioned in the history books will now have an online home. Student created content will form the guts of this rich resource for teachers and students alike.
Stay tuned...big campaign on its way!
March 8, 2013
YOUR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY STORIES
DWtO would love to hear your ideas on how we're doing on this International Women's Day. Please submit stories of your personal experiences, news, political moments you are proud of or that make you cringe! Hope to hear from you: email@example.com
Have a great one!
January 4, 2013
BEST WISHES FOR A PROGRESSIVE 2013...
seeing more women leaders and a shift away from patriarchy.
Here we go, the 1st posting of 2013:
What's so exciting about the ideas of 13-year-old girls? Read Sandy's thoughts in her article:
"On the Frontline" Women Suffrage and Beyond
May 31, 2012
Congrats Video Contest Winner:
Rebecca Hansen of Victoria BC.
"This film is a must see! We need it on prime time television ASAP so we can get to 52% even faster! ... Juror MP Carolyn Bennett
"What would change if the government was made up of 75% women?"
And you answered!
Entries came from all over the world - South Africa, India, Afghanistan, Turkey, Switzerland, France, and Canada!
Our MP judges voted:
Rebecca, our youngest entrant at only 13-years-old, impressed them all with her insight and creativity and won $500!
PRESS PRESS AND MORE PRESS!
Vic Weeklies coverage of Rebecca! http://www.saanichnews.com/news/150248575.html
CBC Interview Pix: Sandy Mayzell and Jo-Ann Roberts (CBC Radio Host All Points West)
And here are the links for the 4 runners-up. Enjoy!
Emily Engkent, Switzerland - http://youtu.be/ywJZIT2mVHc
Kyla Slobodin & Alexah Konnelly, Victoria, Canada - http://youtu.be/8ecZMYMBl5g
Thanks to everyone who submitted. It was an honour to get a glimpse into your heads and hearts. We had no expectations - the entries were stunning - the international response makes us hungry for more communication with women worldwide.
The contest revealed that gender inequality is experienced everywhere. The unequivocal conclusion? There is a huge need to have this conversation. Dancing with the Octopus is happy to be a conduit to making the change so women everywhere can have an equal voice.
A big thanks/merci beaucoup goes to our Canadian Federal MP judges:
Carolyn Bennett (Liberal) http://carolynbennett.liberal.ca/
Elizabeth May (Green) http://elizabethmay.ca/
Maria Mourani (Bloc) http://www.mariamourani.org/
Denise Savoie (NDP) http://www.denisesavoie.ca
Wai Young (Conservative) http://waiyoung.ca/
Thanks to the Octo Video Contest Team:
Angela Hemming, www.ahemproductions.com, Monika Fedyczowska, Hannah Jones, Sarah Hughes, Sandi Chan
who want you to know that this is the first of many contests that
Dancing with the Octopus will be holding - Check in!
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Congrats to 5 Video Contest Finalists!!
Emily Engkent (Switzerland)
Rebecca Hansen (Canada)
Kyla Slobodin & Alexa Konnelly (Canada)
Veronica Stockton-Kushner (Canada)
Uma Vangal (India)
Winner of the $500 prize to be announced May 1st!
Announcing our VIDEO CONTEST You could win $500!
Dancingwiththeoctopus.com is a portal to 'start the conversation' about equal representation of women and men in government.
We want to hear what you have to say!
Create an original, 2-minute video that tells/shows us your answer to this question:
"What would it look like if your government was 75% women?"
(FYI Canada's Parliament is 75% men, and only 25% women!)
Choose your media - mobile phone, webcam, video camera, whatever. Use any format of storytelling you like - live action, animation, stills, talking heads, drawings, slideshow format, a combo...anything goes as long as you can save it as a video to upload to the web.
MAKE SURE YOUR EMAIL ENTRY INCLUDES:
Your Full Name
Your email address
City and Country
and phone number.
Deadline: EXTENDED TO Midnight April 15, 2012 Pacific Time
Length: Videos must be no more than 2 minutes
Language: English, or Other Language with English Subtitles
Delivery: Upload your video to the web and email the link to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with "Entry" in subject line
Notification: Winner will be notified by the end of April 2012.
Prize: $500 Canadian dollars. The winning video will appear on Dancingwiththeoctopus.com
There is no cost. You may enter as many times as you like!
The 5 finalist videos will be juried by a team of Canadian Lady Politicians:
Carolyn Bennett (Lib), Elizabeth May (Green), Maria Mourani (Bloc), Denise Savoie (NDP), Wai Young (Conservative) Questions? Email us at email@example.com (say Question in subject line) And if you're chatting about us on Twitter, the contest hashtag is #ladypolivids VIDEO CONTEST PRESS BE THE MEDIA - Chly 101.7 Radio, March 22/12 CFAX 1070 Radio Interview THE TIMES COLONIST, March 14/12: -------------------------
Carolyn Bennett (Lib), Elizabeth May (Green), Maria Mourani (Bloc), Denise Savoie (NDP), Wai Young (Conservative)
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (say Question in subject line)
And if you're chatting about us on Twitter, the contest hashtag is #ladypolivids
VIDEO CONTEST PRESS
BE THE MEDIA - Chly 101.7 Radio, March 22/12
CFAX 1070 Radio Interview
THE TIMES COLONIST, March 14/12: