Each year NAPE holds a Women’s Conference to discuss issues pertinent to women in the context of the labour movement. The conference normally consists of some combination of guest speakers, panelists, workshops, and seminars.

The goal of the Women’s Conference is to build women’s political capacity and activism in the union, the community and beyond.

The conference is organized by NAPE’s Women’s Committee.


Registration is now open for the 2021 NAPE Women’s Conference.

This year’s Conference will be held virtually, on Saturday, May 1.

This has been a very challenging and hectic year. Your union has had to adjust the way we do things in order to continue our operations while adhering to public health guidelines. While we may not be able to get together in-person, events such as our Women’s Conference are a critical component to our work as a union and we want to ensure they happen in the safest way possible. As they say, “the show must go on!” Things might look a little different this year but by having a virtual, one-day conference, we hope to reach even more women in our union.

The theme for this year’s conference is “An Equitable Recovery.” The pandemic has impacted us all in different ways. For women, this past year has presented many challenges – from the impacts on mental health of working from home or doing essential work, to rising rates of domestic violence, to challenges with child care and elder care – women have been on the front lines of the pandemic and must also be at the centre of developing a plan for an equitable recovery in the months and years to come.


Registration for the Conference is free and is open to women members only.

Time off/wage loss is not provided for this Conference. Any member who registers to participate must arrange their own time off. This Conference is a one-day event, running from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 1.

Please circulate the information about this conference in your workplace.

The deadline for registration is 4:30 p.m. (NDT) on April 16, 2021. 

In Solidarity,

Arlene Sedlickas



Saturday, May 1, 2021

9:00                     Welcome from Women’s Committee and Introductions

9:30                     NAPE President and Secretary-Treasurer Greetings

9:45                     Mary Shortall, NLFL President

10:15                   Break

10:30                   Anjum Sultana, YWCA Canada
Why Canada needs a Feminist Recovery

11:45                  Lunch

12:45                   Yoga Session with Megan Humphrey

1:15                     Laura Winters, St. John’s Status of Women
Domestic Violence and the Pandemic

2:15                     Break

2:30                     Indigenous Cultural Diversity Session with Heidi Dixon
First Light St. John’s Friendship Centre

3:30                     Survey/Feedback

4:00                     Closing Remarks