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Jess Tomlin

Holding Ground and Breaking Ground as the Executive Director of The MATCH International Women's Fund.

Jess Tomlin began her career working with female victims of violence in rural Ontario, Canada. Turning her focus internationally, Jess has worked in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Asia for a range of actors including the Canadian International Development Agency, the World Bank, the UN, and USAID. Jess was the Director-Women’s Platform for CARE Canada’s ‘I am powerful’ campaign. Most recently, Jess was with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) managing large-scale reform for the Agency that supports Palestinian Refugees in Jordan, the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, and Syria. In May 2012, Jess joined The MATCH International Women’s Fund as our Executive Director. Providing us with strong, feminist leadership, Jess has boldly and bravely guided our organization into this new era. Jess holds an undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies and a master’s degree in Leadership Studies.
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Let This Election Be Our Rallying Cry

As an increasingly isolated beacon of progressive values in North America and even the world, Canadians have a role to play in preventing the reversal of critical progress for women's rights. Especially now, we must first hold our Government to account for their stated priorities to advance the rights of women and girls.
11/10/2016 06:46 EST
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When 'Feminism' Is A Killing Word

We can vote, and drive, and march on Parliament Hill without fear. But do we question the deep rooted inequalities that make it possible for Aboriginal women and girls to disappear without a trace, and without an outcry? Do we demand an end to the gender wage gap that has been stuck at around 72 per cent -- and hasn't budged in years?
07/25/2016 04:04 EDT
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Because It's 2116

In 2116, women the world over are driving themselves to work and standing up for their rights without fear of arrest. And, at long last, your generation will close the wage gap -- just in time for my great grandson's daughter to enjoy nearly an entire career where her work is valued just as much as his.
03/08/2016 09:40 EST
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Why Uganda's Election Is An LGBT Rights Issue

If you were in Uganda today, you wouldn't see an "out" LGBT person on the streets. You might not see an LGBT person at the polls. Why? Because LGBT folks have gone underground. They are afraid for their lives, even more than usual.
02/18/2016 03:31 EST
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A Win at the Women's World Cup Isn't a Win For Women's Rights

The right for women to play and attend sports is still, very literally, not an equal playing field. We have only to look as far as the complaint that female FIFA athletes filed to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to know this is true. But, sadly, we cannot stop there. In other words, we must not mistake a win at the World Cup as a win for women's rights. In fact, just last Wednesday as my Canadian daughter sat in the stadium cheering France to victory, men in Tehran were protesting women being allowed--in very limited numbers--inside Iranian stadiums. We have a long way to go.
06/26/2015 08:05 EDT
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In Nepal, the Road to Recovery Lies in the Persistence of Women

The minute an earthquake (or any emergency) hits, women's organizations are responding. Before the humanitarian machine kicks in, before food aid drops, before reconstruction efforts get started, women's organizations are creating makeshift shelters, finding and preparing food, protecting girls and caring for the sick. They are an essential part of recovery and a huge asset in relief and reconstruction efforts.
05/23/2015 08:23 EDT