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Winter Semester Opt-out Info

The Centre for Gender Advocacy is a student funded organization. You have the right to opt out of the fee levy for the Centre.

Before opting out, please consider that for only ¢37 per credit (for undergraduate students) or ¢50 per semester (for graduate students), the Centre pCGA-logo_v2rovides :

• a feminist library with over 1000 titles!
• free and confidential peer support!
• trans* advocacy and resources!
• fantastic events and workshops!
• meeting rooms and resources to support community organizing!
• harm reductions supplies, safer sex kits and low-cost chest compression binders!
• exciting volunteer opportunities with campaigns like Missing Justice and A Safer Concordia!

In order to opt out, please come to our office at 2110 MacKay (ground floor), Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm from Tuesday, January 22nd to Friday, February 1st. Please bring your student ID card and student account record (you can show your up-to-date number of credits on your account via your laptop or mobile device; by using a computer on-site at our office; or, if you wish, by print out).

If you are unable to get to our office during this period please get in touch and we will be happy to make an appointment with you for another date. For more information, call 514-848-2424 x7431 or email info[at]

Winter Break

squirrels playing with a pine cone in snowThe Centre for Gender Advocacy will be closed for the winter break from Saturday, December 15th to Monday, January 7th.

We hope everyone gets a little time to rest, play and re-charge!

Looking forward to seeing you in the new year!

In Memory of Abby Lippman

Photo of Abby Lippman holding placard.

Abby Lippman (photo by Chris Hand)

Our dear friend and colleague, Abby Lippman, died this week at the age of 78. She was an indefatigable defender of women’s health, social justice activist and mentor. She was a professor emerita in epidemiology at McGill and the president of the Centre for Gender Advocacy’s Board of Directors from 2013 to this past spring.

The Centre’s staff and board members are mostly under the age of 30, but none of us knew anyone who worked as hard or had as much energy as Abby. She was a force of nature. She not only fulfilled her board duties with drive and thoroughness, but at any given time she was also hard at work with a number of other organizations and causes including the Fédération du Québec pour le planning des naissances, the Canadian Women’s Health Network, the Réseau Québécois d’action pour la santé des femmes, Independent Jewish Voices, Head & Hands, and many more.

As board president, Abby cheered us on in our work, was always ready to listen and troubleshoot when we ran into difficulties, and helped welcome new board members and staff into the fold. We really relied on Abby, and running things without her has been a big adjustment.

Abby always said she loved working with young people and the feeling was definitely mutual. She mentored so many of us in our education and activism and she did all of this with so much joy and kindness and humour.

We’ll miss you Abby.