Jess Tomlin
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.

Entries by Jess Tomlin

Malala Believes In Canada. Let's Prove Her Right

(2) Comments | Posted April 17, 2017 | 10:59 AM

Recently, two women Nobel Laureates -- Malala Yousafzai and Leymah Gbowee -- inspired Ottawa, sharing their stories of advocating for girls' education and boldly leading movements for peace.

When Nobel Laureates descend upon your city -- your nation's capital -- you know it's time to listen up and take...

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We Are Witnessing How Outrage Can Pave The Way To Progress

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2017 | 2:11 PM

Since the election of Donald J. Trump, people have been motivated, mobilized, and activated in ways we have never seen. The polite veneer of the status quo may have been ripped away, ugliness exposed, but hatred is not the only thing gaining speed. This moment has also revealed a sense...

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Let This Election Be Our Rallying Cry

(1) Comments | Posted November 10, 2016 | 5:46 AM

Like so many Canadians today, I am in stunned by the news coming out of the U.S. With this presidential decision, the United States of America has put LGBT rights, immigrant rights, and reproductive rights on the line.

In the bright light of day, feminists in North America and...

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Team Refugee Teaches Us To Approach Crisis Like A Champion

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2016 | 4:59 PM

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The Refugee Olympic Athletes' team arrives for the opening ceremony. (Photo: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

There are some compelling reasons that we loved Team Refugee at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

First, it was the stories. We were in awe...

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When 'Feminism' Is A Killing Word

(11) Comments | Posted July 25, 2016 | 4:04 PM

This piece is co-authored by Jess Tomlin (the Executive Director of The MATCH Fund) and Lauren Ravon (the Director of Policy and Campaigns at Oxfam Canada).

Women are trash. What other explanation could there be for assassins in Honduras murdering indigenous rights activist Yaneth Urquia and then abandoning her...

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Working To Make Women's Rights The New Normal In Nepal

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 3:37 PM

To celebrate the Nepali New Year (April 13), I would like to introduce a guest blogger--Erin Edwards--who traveled to Nepal last month to visit The MATCH Fund's partners on the ground. This piece describes her experience visiting with girls in a rural school and discussing what it means to be...

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Because It's 2116

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 8:40 AM

I am dead. Because it's 2116.

I lived a long life, full of love and activism. I cuddled babies, grandbabies, and great grandbabies. Alongside many brave women and men, I demanded universal human rights, tackling sexism, femicide, child marriage, trafficking, and maddening inequality. We saw women at the grassroots...

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Why Uganda's Election Is An LGBT Rights Issue

(2) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 2:31 PM

We know that Canadians care about LGBT rights in Uganda. In 2014, millions of people signed petitions on, and Groundswell opposing Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality bill. The Canadian government provided dollars to Ugandan activists to fight the bill from within. People cheered from afar as LGBT Ugandans marched...

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On the International Day of Charity, Don't Give. Take.

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 7:38 AM

It's hard to drum up generosity in a world that always demands you to give, give, give.

So, this International Day of Charity, don't give. Take.

Here are five takeaways that will make you ready to give again.

1. Take it Easy

Roughly one in...

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A Win at the Women's World Cup Isn't a Win For Women's Rights

(5) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 8:05 AM

Last week, my six-year-old daughter -- decked in blue from head to toe -- cheered France to victory at the FIFA Women's World Cup. In our house, we will continue to root for France in this Friday's quarter finals. And we're also cheering for something bigger: a female athlete's freedom...

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In Nepal, the Road to Recovery Lies in the Persistence of Women

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2015 | 8:23 AM

The morning that a (second) major earthquake devastated Nepal, the Globe and Mail ran a front page story. Quoting a disaster risk management expert, the article states that earthquake aftershocks can persist for more than a year.

But can we persist? In the year following the earthquake in...

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Why a Partnership Between Uber and the UN Could Have Empowered Women

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 7:49 AM

Just two weeks after Uber and UN Women launched a partnership to create one-million jobs for women, the partnership evaporated. Following an angry letter urging UN Women to "dump" Uber, UN Women has done just that. But to what end?

The letter from the International Transport Workers'...

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During Your Lunch Hour, Three Women in India Will Be Sexually Assaulted

(7) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 1:45 PM

In the time it takes you to read this sentence, an under-aged girl will be married to a much older man. During your lunch hour today, three women in India will be sexually assaulted.

Do I have your attention?

I was greatly energized to...

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