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    Canada’s Chief Astronaut: Julie Payette

    by Patricia Enborg | Mar 9, 2007

    She didn’t plan to go out in space, but out she went. Now she can’t wait to go again. How did Julie Payette get the chance in the first place? By answering a newspaper ad. Oh, and by taking school seriously. Julie makes a point of telling the girls she speaks with that education is the greatest gift we can give ourselves. read more

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    Engineering women in the Canadian Space Agency

    by Patricia Enborg | Mar 8, 2007

    Right now, she is working on a mission to Mars, which will be going out in search of water. It was during her second year of high school that Isabelle discovered she could combine her interest in space exploration with engineering to become a space engineer. “When you have a strong interest in something, you should pursue that. If someone is intimidated, I would encourage them to become more exposed, to look for the challenges and to go for that.” read more

  • News

    March 22, 2007: coping with water scarcity: World Water Day

    by Frances Rooney | Mar 1, 2007

    When the United Nations established World Water Day in 1992, it focused on those countries that have little or no clean running water or sanitation – generally in Africa and Asia. Women have been central to World Water Day. And the focus on women applies to North America as much as it does anywhere else. read more

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    March 8, 2007: International Women’s Day

    by Jude MacDonald | Mar 1, 2007

    This year, Status of Women Canada marks IWD with an urgent call to end violence.  read more

  • People

    revealing the human face of climate change in the Arctic: Sheila Watt-Cloutier

    by Frances Rooney | Feb 12, 2007

    According to Norwegian member of parliament Heidi Soerensen, “The threat to the climate is so important that if it isn’t solved, it could lead to huge conflicts as people fight over access to water and land.” That is why she and an opposing MP nominated a Canadian environmentalist and a former U.S. vice president for the Nobel Peace Prize. Sheila Watt-Cloutier is too positive for a fight. She is working instead to save a way of life on the land – for the people, and animals, that depend on it. read more

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    February 6, 2007: International Day for the Eradication of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

    by Jude MacDonald | Feb 6, 2007

    According to the he United Nations Children’s Fund: “The procedure is generally carried out on girls between the ages of 4 and 14; it is also done to infants, women who are about to be married and, sometimes, to women who are pregnant with their first child or who have just given birth. It is often performed by traditional practitioners, including midwives and barbers, without anaesthesia, using scissors, razor blades or broken glass.” And it happens to 6,000 girls each day. read more

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    Black History Month 2007

    by Jude MacDonald | Feb 1, 2007

    February is Black History month. This year, the world will also mark the International Day for the Commemoration of the Two-hundredth Anniversary of the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. The United Nations’ General Assembly will hold a special commemorative meeting on March 26, 2007. The day marks the signing of an act that abolished the slave trade throughout the British Empire, which helped chart the course for its abolition worldwide. read more

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    licensed to guide: Harragin sisters

    by Frances Rooney | Jan 12, 2007

    Agnes Harragin Truxler and Mona Harragin Matheson were the first women to be licensed as guides for Canada’s National Parks. They didn’t let sexist attitudes or The Great Depression get in the way of their dream to do what they loved. As children, Agnes and Mona had a passion for the outdoors, animals, and particularly horses. As adults, their passion became their working life. read more

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    funeral for a friend, Winnipeg activists say goodbye to Status of Women Canada as she was

    by Marianne Cerilli | Dec 11, 2006

    On December 8, about 150 people – mostly women activists – held a mock funeral for the passing of Status of Women Canada’s mandate and part of its funding. The drama of people dressed in black, carrying a coffin and tombstones echoed similar December 6 ceremonies for the 14 women killed in Montreal in 1989. One attendee said, “Funerals are about permanency, and moving on. We need to send the message that we are not going to accept this attack on the Status of Women.” read more

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    December 8, 2006: eulogy for equality in Status of Women Canada

    by Marianne Cerilli | Dec 11, 2006

    “This is time for all women and all men who support the equality of women in this country to remember that we decide who the government is.” On a balmy Friday in Winnipeg, about 150 people held a mock funeral for the assault on Status of Women Canada’s mandate and funding. This is the eulogy. read more


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  • April 1994: the night raid at Kingston’s Prison for Women

    by Sierra Bacquie

    There was supposed to be a new approach to the Correctional Service of Canada’s relationship to female offenders, who were promised responsible choices, respect, dignity, supportive environments, and shared responsibility. But on the night of April 26, eight women experienced humiliation, degradation, raw fear and trauma at the hands of an all-male emergency team. How did this happen? What has changed since?  read more