[Canada] A national inquiry would empower First Nation women

[Canada] A national inquiry would empower First Nation women

Joseph  Quesnel Aand Steve Lafleur – Globe and Mail – Wednesday, 17 September 2014 Two recent deaths in Manitoba have once again pushed the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women into the political sphere. The government, up to now, has treated the issue as a matter of law enforcement. However, there are deeper issues and […]

The Right to Self-Determination and the Charter of Values

The Right to Self-Determination and the Charter of Values

Michael Wrobel – The Link – Thursday, 06 February 2014 (originally published 04 Feb) Quebec feminists and other progressive forces are currently confronted with an “important philosophical dilemma” in the debate surrounding the wearing of religious symbols, says self-described Muslim feminist and social justice activist Leila Bdeir. A founding member of the Collective des féministes […]

Women’s shelter for new Canadians presses for stable funding

Women’s shelter for new Canadians presses for stable funding

CBC News – Wednesday, 14  August 2013 (originally published  12 Aug) An Edmonton shelter that helps refugee and immigrant women escape violent situations is worried about its future if it can’t find more stable sources of funding. The program known as WIN III is operated by the Edmonton Women’s Shelter, which runs two other shelters […]

Canada Joins Global Campaign Against Gender Violence

Canada Joins Global Campaign Against Gender Violence

Justina Reichel – Epoch Times – Monday, 03 December 2012 The federal government is shining a spotlight on human trafficking and campus safety for female students in announcing its support for an international campaign to help end violence against women. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is a worldwide campaign spanning 4,100 organizations […]

Bill gives rights to native [Canada] women

Bill gives rights to native [Canada] women

Mia Rabson – Winnipeg Free Press – 31 October 2012 (originally published 29 Oct) OTTAWA — Manitoba Conservative Leader Brian Pallister is returning to familiar territory today but in a very different role. He’s coming to advocate on various issues, including one he championed as an MP — marital property rights for aboriginal women. Currently, […]

Quebec, 1944: Finally, women are allowed to vote

Quebec, 1944: Finally, women are allowed to vote

John Kalbfleisch – Gazette – Tuesday, 04 September 2012 (originally published 03 Sept) MONTREAL – Just over 68 years ago, on Aug. 8, 1944, Quebec women voted in a provincial general election for the first time. They could do so thanks to a resolute, decades-long campaign by suffragists, not just female but also male, and […]

Tears and rage for my fallen native sisters

Tears and rage for my fallen native sisters

Sheila North Wilson –  Globe and Mail – Thursday, 30 August 2012 (originally published 27 Aug) Days after talking to the mother, sisters and children of a woman believed to have been murdered by a serial killer, I received a disturbing voice message on my office line at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. The anonymous […]

The story of the Canadian Women’s Press Club

The story of the Canadian Women’s Press Club

CBC Books – Monday, 09 July2012 (originally published  03 Jul) Before women could vote in Canada, or were even considered “persons” under the law, there was the Canadian Women’s Press Club. It was created by a group of female journalists who were sent to cover the World’s Fair in St. Louis, in 1904. Linda Kay, […]

Time for Canada to declare International Women’s Day official holiday

Time for Canada to declare International Women’s Day official holiday

Ellen Woodsworth – Vancouver Observer – Tuesday, 06 March 2012 (originally published 02 Mar) March 8 is creeping nearer, and with that comes International Women’s Day. All over the world, women and their friends will celebrate this amazing day (you can find information on Vancouver’s festivities, here). Where would you like to be, and how would you like […]