Jenny Wright (Newfoundland and Labrador)

Jenny Wright

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 - with a specific focus on gender equality and 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, and is a member of the Domestic Violence at Work Committee that is working towards the implementation of domestic violence leave legislation across Canada. Passionate about honoring women’s history Jenny is the editor of A Woman’s Almanac: Your Guide to Feminism, Activism and Change. A specialist on the effects of domestic violence, she has developed innovative programming for women with 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.