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  • will athletic association’s backlash backfire in Winnipeg?

    by Marianne Cerilli | Oct 15, 2007

    Last September, Winnipeg twins won the right to play boys’ hockey. The association that blocked them from the game in the first place is now appealing the Manitoba Human Rights Commission decision. When she heard about the appeal of the case, Justine Blainey had some advice for Amy and Jesse Pasternak. “To the girls: don’t give up - it’s getting up from the checks of life that makes us stronger!” read more

  • last lake for the Mother Earth Water Walk

    by Frances Rooney | Apr 22, 2007

    Four years ago, some grandmothers decided to walk around Lake Superior to make people think about how important water is. This year, the one remaining Great Lake will be done. Participant Josephine Mandamin says, “The rich won’t feel the effects of bad water. They can buy water. They don’t have children drinking out of puddles, drinking water with green slime on it.” Many people think that happens in Africa and Asia – far away. “It happens here.” read more

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • keepers of the light

    by Sierra Bacquie | Dec 8, 2006

    The Inuit have the highest rates of poverty and unemployment, the highest cost of living, the lowest levels of formal education and housing quality, and one of the highest suicide rates in the world. A national organization – Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada – sees a way to improve the situation. In October, released a report to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and other relevant federal departments. read more

  • Aboriginal women: the journey forward: Women's History Month 2006

    by Sierra Bacquie | Sep 29, 2006

    On September 29, 2006, The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development joined Beverley Jacobs, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada , and Phil Fontaine, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, to launch the second phase of a national consultation process on the issue of the division of matrimonial real property on reserves. Currently, women on reserves have no legal claim on matrimonial property if they separate from their husbands. read more

  • some dignity and redress for Humiliation Day

    by May Lui | Jun 20, 2006

    On July 1, 1923, the Chinese Exclusion Act was put into law. From that day forward, while many other Canadians celebrated Dominion Day (now Canada Day), it would be known by some as Humiliation Day. On June 22, 2006, the government acknowledged this wrong, apologized for past policies, and compensated victims. July 1 is now a new kind of celebration. 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