July 26, 2016

When 'Feminism' Is A Killing Word

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It's safe for Prime Minister Trudeau to say he's a feminist. A far more audacious act would be to make defending those who defend the rights of women a central tenant of Canada's foreign policy. We can vote, and drive, and march on Parliament Hill without fear. But do we question the deep rooted inequalities that make it possible for Aboriginal women and girls to disappear without a trace, and without an outcry? Do we demand an end to the gender wage gap that has been stuck at around 72 per cent -- and hasn't budged in years? Do we insist that women be invited to actively participate in the peace processes that Canada supports in conflict-ridden regions?

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