If Canada wants to be taken seriously, the national crisis of 1,200 missing and murdered aboriginal women must be addressed, argues Winnipeg columnist Don Marks.
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police stand in the way of a national public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.
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The death of teenage Tina Fontaine has re-ignited calls for national public inquiry into the case of nearly 1,200 missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada.
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Abby Wambach and coalition of female soccer greats informs FIFA that requiring women to play the 2015 World Cup on artificial turf is discriminatory against women, violates Canadian law.
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Here’s the transcript of former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s keynote speech to the Broadbent Institute’s first annual Progress Summit, held March 28-30 in Ottawa.
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Over 200 legal experts from across Canada recently wrote to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to protest Bill C-36, the Conservatives new prostitution law.
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New website launched on first anniversary of the death of Bella Laboucan-McLean, whose case remains unsolved and is listed as suspicious.
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In messages sent to employees of the Justice Department this spring, Peter MacKay associated women with household duties, men with “shaping the minds and futures of the next generation of leaders.”
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“Frankly, this response is heartbreaking.” – Emily Symons
by: POWER | Press Release | June 4, 2014
(OTTAWA) – Today, members of POWER and other sex workers and allies across Canada expressed dismay and disappointment following the introduction of a Bill in the House of Commons that would criminalize the purchase of sex. The Minister of Justice tabled the Bill in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s historic decision in Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedford, in which Canada’s highest court struck down key Criminal Code provisions relating to prostitution on the grounds that they put sex workers (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo
Lindsey Stocker protest poster: “Instead of shaming girls for their bodies, teach boys that girls are not sexual objects” PHOTO: TWITTER
Canada has a serious women-hating problem. One that’s directly responsible for our perennial scourge of sexual violence against women. And to headlines like these:
One in five Canadians think women encourage sexual assault when drunk
Canada blocking UN efforts to address sexual violence against women
Last week , a 15-year-old girl from Quebec, was send away from her high school for refusing to ditch her jean shorts.
Lindsey Stocker, a grade 11 student at Beaconsfield High (Read more…)
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by: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release | April 23, 2014
OTTAWA—A new study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) reveals the best and worst cities to be a woman in Canada. According to the study, Québec City is the best city to be a woman and Edmonton is the worst.
The study, by Kate McInturff, a Senior Researcher at the CCPA, ranks Canada’s 20 largest metropolitan areas based on a comparison of how men and women are faring in five areas: economic security, leadership, health, personal security, and education.
“Canada has made great (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo
Many had hoped the Special Parliamentary Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women would move Canada closer to addressing the perennial issue of more than 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.
The committee’s final report, delivered in parliament last week, turned out to be another government-sponsored sham. Most shocking is the fact that the report killed Canadians’ call for a national public inquiry, which is only a first step towards addressing this national tragedy.
Rights advocacy groups and opposition parties express their disappointed.
Once again, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is disappointed and frustrated.
by: Canadian Human Rights Commission | Press Release
OTTAWA, March 4, 2014 – Fear of retaliation is among the top reasons why Aboriginal women in Canada won’t come forward when they experience discrimination, the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) says in its Annual Report, tabled in Parliament today.
The report presents key findings from a series of roundtable discussions the CHRC held with Aboriginal women from across Canada in 2013. During the discussions, the women were invited to share their experiences. Many of their stories cited the complexity of the human rights complaint process, language barriers, lack of awareness, (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo
A student member of the University of Ottawa’s board of governors says the university’s response to recent report sexual violence against women is not enough.
Anaïs Elboujdaini, a political science student who spearheads the Independent Initiative Against Rape Culture, proposes eight measures against rape culture on campus and in society.
The measures include “Immediate up-to-implement mandatory training, in the form of credit courses for all members of the university community regarding discrimination and sexual harassment (including a section on rape culture) as prescribed under the Ontario Act” and “The organization of a day of public debate and (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo
March 8, 2014
International Women’s Day
We stand with Anne-Marie Roy. We’ve been there too.
As women who have held elected positions at our college or university students’ union, we write in solidarity with Anne-Marie Roy, the President of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO). Anne-Marie was recently the target of sexually violent comments made by several men who held elected positions at the University of Ottawa. Several of these men initially threatened to sue Anne-Marie if she was not quiet about the disgusting comments.
Anne-Marie has bravely chosen to not (Read more…)
Sadly, Rob Ford epitomises what Canada has become With his crack smoking and drunken misbehaviour, Toronto’s mayor personifies our crude, swaggering, bungling New Canada Robert Hays in the Guardian Fri Dec 13 2013
Speak for yourself, Hays..truly the East seems to have adopted the crudities of the HarperCons and their (Rob)in of the ‘Hood, but there are many of us, dare I say the majority, who not only do not support the rightwing bias so blatantly obvious in the Feds, but in fact (after rather extensive polling) it has been shown that the country at large is (Read more…)
In my sadness over the death of Nelson Mandela, and because I'm so tired, I forgot that Friday was the anniversary of a monumental Canadian tragedy. That on a snowy day in Montreal twenty four years ago, an angry man with a gun stormed through an engineering school and killed fourteen young women. Fourteen young women who were killed in Canada’s worst mass shooting were remembered on Friday amid repeated calls for more to be done to eradicate violence against women.Read more »
Canadian women, including politicians, are dismissing Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s “ladies night” event in Toronto as “condescending and patronizing”.
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He's been trying to soften his image by posing as a friend of poor women and children. He told a U.N. group on maternal health that "action trumps rhetoric.". His stooge John Baird denounced forced marriage, and warned of the health dangers for young women who get pregnant. Statistics provided by Baird's office show girls under 15 years old are five times more likely to die in childbirth than women in their 20s, and children born to mothers under 18 years old are 60 per cent more likely to die in their first year of life. Childbirth (Read more…)
“An Officer and a Murderer” celebrates Russell Williams heinous crimes and violence against Canadian women, says The Canadian Progressive publisher, Obert Madondo
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The recent visit by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights shows that violence against indigenous women in Canada demands inquiry, says Human Rights Watch.
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Malala Yousafzai (Photo credit: Malala Yousafzai’s Blog)
United Nations, New York, 12 July 2013 – Education activist Malala Yousafzai marks her 16th birthday, on Friday, 12 July 2013 at the United Nations by giving her first high-level public appearance and statement on the importance of education.
Malala became a public figure when she was shot by the Taliban while travelling to school last year in Pakistan — targeted because of her committed campaigning for the right of all girls to an education. Flown to the United Kingdom to recover, she is now back (Read more…)
by: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives | Press Release:
OTTAWA, July 11, 2013 – Progress on ending violence against women in Canada is stalled by the absence of a coherent national policy and consistent information about the levels of that violence says a study released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
“The difficulty of collecting data about violence against women has been a barrier to progress in ending that violence,” says the study’s author Kate McInturff. “However, the data that does exist tells us three things very clearly: this problem is big, it comes at a (Read more…)
by: Canadian Women’s Foundation | Press Release:
National Omnibus reveals that Canadians still blame women for being sexually assaulted
TORONTO, July 9, 2013 – With summer in full swing, Canadians have packed away their sweaters and are enjoying drinks on the patio. However, according to a new survey* conducted by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, many Canadians believe that women need to be careful about what they wear and how much alcohol they consume – 19 per cent of the respondents believe that women may provoke or encourage sexual assault when they are drunk. Of these, nearly one-quarter (23 per cent) (Read more…)
By: United Church of Canada | Press Release
TORONTO, June 17, 2013 – The United Church of Canada has added its voice to the call by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) for the Canadian government to convene as soon as possible a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.
NWAC says that nearly 600 missing or murdered Aboriginal women and girls have been documented in Canada, and that number is increasing.
In her letter to Prime Minister Harper, Nora Sanders, the church’s General Secretary of the General Council wrote,
“Clearly our justice and social (Read more…)
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