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Don't Let Speaking Out Be a Taboo

Mina Mawani | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Living
Mina Mawani

How is it that we live in a culture where speaking out is still taboo? A culture where so many blame victims for their own abuse. Where women are afraid to report or seek assistance because they worry that they will not be believed? But today and every day, I choose not to be heartbroken.

An Unconventional Holiday List

Margot Franssen | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Margot Franssen

My favourite holiday list is my own personal checklist for charitable giving. Personally, I'd rather choose one organization that fits my values and priorities, and then confidently donate a good chunk of change over the long-term -- sort of like investing in a blue-chip stock. How to choose?

Why Women Stay in Abusive Relationships

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 01.26.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Hawken Diaz

We've all seen the recent headlines with high profile allegations of domestic abuse. I can't count the number of times I've heard friends and family ask the same question of those stories: "why doesn't she just leave?" Too many people assume that if a woman is in an abusive relationship that she is making a choice to stay and that she has the power to end the abuse if she just leaves.

We're Raising Girls Who Hate Their Bodies

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Hawken Diaz

Every day, our daughters are bombarded with lies. Ask any parent what they want most for their kids. The fallout from these lies is all around us. We are raising a generation of girls who hate their bodies and therefore hate themselves. Chances are, they'll say "For them to be healthy and happy." A girl who hates her body is neither.

Talking to My Son About #Rapeface

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Hawken Diaz

Last week my 12-year-old son and his friends used a term I hadn't heard before: "rape face." So we sat down to talk. He was emphatic that #rapeface wasn't actually about rape and rolled his eyes with a "mom, what's the big deal?" We need to be having these conversations with our kids and with our own peers about reclaiming words like rape if we want to start making a big deal about putting an end to rape culture.

"You Will Get Raped in That Dress"

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Living
Sandra Hawken Diaz

According to a recent study, nearly one-quarter of adults aged 18 to 34 said women may provoke sexual assault by being drunk and 17 per cent believe women invite assaults by wearing short skirts. These antiquated attitudes are not held by the old-fashioned or aging demographic but by younger Canadians who. Why?

1 In 5 Canadians Thinks A Woman Encourages Sexual Assault When She's Drunk

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada Living

One in five Canadians thinks a woman encourages sexual assault when she's drunk, according to a poll by the Canadian Women's Foundation. The survey...

Hope Is Greater Than Fear

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Impact
Sandra Hawken Diaz

The most dangerous time for an abused women is when she attempts to leave her abuser. And although Canada has more than 400 emergency shelters, in some communities women and their children are regularly turned away because the shelters are full.

Know A Woman Who's Been Abused? You're Far From Alone

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada
Sandra Hawken Diaz

I wasn't prepared for 67 per cent. According to a new survey released today by the Canadian Women's Foundation, that's the percentage of Canadians who personally know a woman who's been physically or sexually abused. Imagine what that number would be if the silence ended.

67% Of Canadians Know A Woman Who Has Experienced Abuse

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada Living

Just days after the 23rd anniversary of the Montreal Massacre and National Day of Action on Violence Against Women, a new study shows that Canada stil...

Asking the Real Questions About Sexual Assault

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada Living
Sandra Hawken Diaz

Last week, I found myself -- yet again -- explaining why it is wrong to blame women for being sexually assaulted. Since a woman can be deemed "bad" for anything from wearing a short skirt, to not covering her hair, to having an opinion of her own, the game is clearly rigged. So I don't play. I don't care what a woman wears, says, or does: she does not deserve to be sexually assaulted. Period. Let's ask the real questions.

What Makes These Women So Extraordinary?

Shannon Skinner | Posted 09.02.2012 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg I have had the privilege of interviewing more than 150 successful women from all walks of life who have chosen to listen to their hearts. That is what makes them "extraordinary." I would like to introduce you to some of them.

Feminism 2.0: "Lift as You Climb"

Edward Jackson | Posted 09.09.2011 | Canada
Edward Jackson

Though the movement faces menacing, mutating challenges everywhere, global feminism -- I'm talking about today's 2.0 version -- is a dynamic force driven by passion. This is heavy lifting. It requires focus, strength, resilience, and commitment to a larger, shared goal.