The University of Guelph’s Indira Naidoo-Harris is among 100 noteworthy women included in 100 Years/100 Women, an exhibit at the Holcim Gallery in the FirstOntario Arts Centre in Milton, Ont. Naidoo-Harris was named U of G’s AVP (diversity and human rights) in August.
The 100 Years/100 Women art installation is a collaboration between the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Milton and District and the Fine Arts Society of Milton. The exhibit celebrates the achievements of Milton-area women and commemorates the centenary of CFUW. It opens Nov. 19 and runs until the end of December, with an opening gala on Nov. 27.
CFUW supports women in post-secondary studies and works to improve the status of women and promote human rights, public education, social justice and peace. More than 100 CFUW chapters exist across Canada.
A human rights advocate, Naidoo-Harris served in the government of former Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne. She was minister of education, minister responsible for early years and childcare, and minister of the status of women. She was the Liberal MPP for Halton, including the town of Milton, from 2014 to 2018.
While in government, she led the Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy and the Strategy for Gender-Based Violence, and worked on anti-human trafficking legislation.
Born in Durban, South Africa, Naidoo-Harris grew up in Alberta and graduated from the University of Lethbridge. She was an award-winning broadcast journalist in Canada and internationally for media outlets including NBC, PBS, CBC and TVO.