The barriers facing Canadian women seeking public office include wages that are lower than men’s, child caring responsibilities, lack of campaign finance, Canada’s masculine political culture, racism, and harassment.
On International Women’s Day 2017, we still need to “protest this shit” because, for example, Donald Trump got elected president of the US and he “endorses positions of feminine passivity and masculine power that underpin sexual harassment.”
“Access to contraception and the ability to control fertility empowers women,” says 82-year old abortion rights advocate, Judy Kahrl. Plus Mary Lyons, a Minnesota Ojibwe elder taking on fetal alcohol syndrome, and Zodwa Hilda Ndlovu, a grandma caring for AIDS orphans in South Africa.
In a move that underscores the need for the Canadian government to act on complaints of human rights abuses committed by Canadian corporations operating overseas, 119 indigenous women who were sexually assaulted by security guards employed by Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture mine in Porgera, Papua New Guinea, are appealing for the United Nations’ intervention.
Around the world, movements led by women are challenging “growing corporate power, land grabs, economic injustice, and climate change, women’s movements offer a paradigm shift,” writes San Francisco-based photojournalist and writer, Rucha Chitnis.
A new report says women now play defining roles in the the global economy but still receive “unequal benefits.” The report was co-published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Oxfam Canada.
Influential feminist Alice Duer Miller’s question “Are Women People?” still rings true after 100 years, writes Mary Chapman, a professor of English at the University of British Columbia.
Four Canadian law professors have lodged a complaint against a Federal Court judge who asked a sex assault complainant why she couldn’t just keep her knees together to fend off her attacker. And “why she allowed the sex to happen.”