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  • cuz girls got game!: Eve’s Quest

    by May Lui | Mar 6, 2006

    Whether you transform into a DIVA, SISTER or GODDESS, everyone – women, men, teens, adults and grandparents – will enjoy this game. read more

  • a sweetheart deal: Ad Hoc’s 25 years of constitutional reform

    by Jude MacDonald | Feb 13, 2006

    Making sure women counted in Canada’s constitution has never been easy – but it’s also something women have been willing to work hard for. In 2006, the anniversary of the Women’s Constitution Conference was marked by a gathering in Ottawa. read more

  • building hope in Lesotho

    by Shelagh M'Gonigle | Dec 2, 2005

    This Canadian initiative helps youth, especially girls, to avoid HIV/AIDS and early death. Help Lesotho tackles the ravages of the disease on vulnerable children through initiatives to shore up the country’s existing community and educational structures. The key is education. Getting and keeping children in school – and providing them with hope of a future they can create for themselves – greatly reduce the likelihood of inflection. Yet few can afford it. read more

  • Aboriginal women, sexual violence and HIV/AIDS

    by Lynn Hall | Nov 28, 2005

    Each year, December 1 marks World AIDS Day. From November 25–December 10, 2005, activists around the world are talking about the connections between two epidemics: violence against women and AIDS. Women living with violence are less able to protect themselves from infection and less likely to get important health information and services, including testing and treatment. In Canada, this twin crisis has an especially devastating impact in Aboriginal communities. read more

  • will women win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005?

    by Sierra Bacquie | Jul 26, 2005

    The first Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in 1901. The first woman to receive the prize did so in 1905. One hundred years later, 80 men, 20 organizations, and only 11 other women have received the prize. For the founder of 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005, this was not good enough.  read more

  • Women’s Wellness Day brings health and balance to Nova Scotia high school students

    by Jennifer Richards | Apr 22, 2005

    Six doctors, two nurse practitioners, and nurses will volunteer their time at a gender-specific health clinic that allows students the opportunity to have breast examinations, learn how to perform breast self-examinations, or have Pap smears done confidentially by health professionals. Other workshops include nutrition, dance and bullying. The Women’s Wellness Day will provide students a great opportunity to ask questions, participate and learn about themselves. read more

  • women running: federal election 2004

    by Rosemary Spiers | Apr 6, 2004

    As Canada gets ready for a federal election in 2004, there are 63 women Members of Parliament. That is one-fifth of the number of seats. Looking across the country at nominations in federal ridings, only about 21% of the nominations so far are women, a decline from previous elections. How can the trend be reversed?  read more

  • August 9: South African Women’s Day

    by Carole Adriaans | Jul 15, 2003

    “Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression.” – Former South African President Nelson Mandela. The South African diaspora has many faces. Carole Adriaans knows most of them in Toronto. On August 9, they will remember the past and celebrate the future. read more

  • July 11: World Population Day

    by Marta Blackwell | Jun 25, 2003

    Women die in childbirth all around the world. Many of these deaths are preventable, but very few care. This is a tragic symptom of a larger violation of women’s human rights that societies are unwilling to prevent, remedy and punish. Addressing maternal death is a health issue, but the reason it is not a priority is that women count for little in many societies. Women’s health is a social justice issue and improving it goes hand in hand with equality for women.  read more

  • packing for the north

    by Deborah Barnt | Jan 21, 2002

    Blemished fruit. I can’t enjoy a crisp winter tomato without thinking of Juana. For the past seven years, Deborah Barndt has photographed and interviewed Mexican field workers and packers, Canadian cashiers and fast-food workers, all women – like Juana – along the tomato trail. 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