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  • remaining RebELLES

    by Patricia Enborg | Nov 24, 2008

    The idea was to attract feminists with different political views, identities, cultures and languages, then to discuss ways to reinforce the young feminists’ movement. “All of the things that we are still fighting for in terms of being equal and in terms of having fair services or fair anything, we need a movement and a generation to carry it on,” said Jessica Yee. At the end of Toujours RebELLES, participants created a document meant to take their actions and concerns into the future. read more

  • the Pan-Canadian Young Feminist Gathering: catch a Wave of Resistance, October 11–13, 2008

    by Sarah Ghabrial | Oct 1, 2008

    On the weekend before Canada’s federal election, young feminist women will get together in Montreal. Participants are expected to come from every province and territory, and represent a wide diversity of experiences and backgrounds. Waves of Resistance is “a call to young women from all over Canada to meet each other and see that they are not alone, and that feminism is not only pertinent but vital to our generation.” Registration is allowed until the first day of the conference. read more

  • report: homeless women in Canada

    by Sierra Bacquie | Aug 22, 2008

    Two recent reports shed new and disturbing light on the unique circumstances and particular hardships faced by homeless women in Canada. Rarely is the public given the insight into the specifics of homeless women’s daily lives that these documents provide. read more

  • living with violence: a national report on domestic abuse in Afghanistan, Global Rights: Partners for Justice

    by Diya Nijhowne and Lauryn Oates | Jul 4, 2008

    The high levels of violence taking place within Afghan households indicates an environment in which women are valued less than men. Situating domestic violence within an international human rights framework is important: it shifts responsibility for responding to domestic violence away from a moral or charitable act of individuals and converts it into also being a binding legal obligation of the government.  read more

  • I come here speaking from my heart

    by Beverley Jacobs | Jun 12, 2008

    My ancestors ... tried hard to fight against you because they knew what was happening. They knew what was coming, but we have had so much impact from colonization and that is what we are dealing with today ... Women have taken the brunt of it all ... What is it that this government is going to do in the future to help our people? read more

  • a new day has dawned

    by Mary Simon | Jun 12, 2008

    On June 11, 2008, Mary Simon stood in the House of Commons and made a statement in response to the historic apology to former students of Indian residential schools. The words of the president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami are themselves historic: “I stand here today ready to work with you, as Inuit have always done, to craft new solutions and new arrangements based on mutual respect and mutual responsibility.”  read more

  • report from British Columbia: building a highway of hope

    by Jessica Yee | May 13, 2008

    The Highway of Tears community forums have travelled across British Columbia, bringing messages of empowerment through pride of culture to youth living in remote regions. We have been blessed to witness the incredible force of youth, who simply need an avenue to make their voices heard. We can assure you that they are ready to take on the world, and change it for the better. read more

  • An Act to amend the Criminal Code: Bill C-484, private member’s bill passes second reading - so what’s next?

    by Jude MacDonald | Mar 11, 2008

    The Unborn Victims of Crime Act passed second reading last week. Now, a dozen Members of Parliament – one woman and 11 men – will consider the next steps for this proposed law. It is the perfect time for you to contact the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights with your thoughts about Bill C-484. read more

  • peace: Afghan women and security

    by Jude MacDonald | Feb 6, 2008

    While there are a few historical references to women, gender, females and girls in the 90-page report by the Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan, how the current situation affects them is not seriously explored. Neither is what Canada can do about it. As the political parties debate about our involvement, there is one unanswered question: How central an issue do we really consider the future of women there to be? read more

  • feminist bloggers face online harassment

    by May Lui | Nov 22, 2007

    While it is being used against feminists, the borderless Internet also serves as a way to counter attacks. Canadian bloggers are using the medium to connect with each other in this country and around the world. They are learning ways to respond, developing networks, and breaking away from feelings of isolation – of being alone in the struggle. read more


  • Seasonal Feature

  • 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