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THE CANADIAN PRESS
After all this time, we still haven't achieved parity in the home.
Some may find the symbolism of a man chairing Catalyst's advisory board all wrong; I find it completely right.
They believe that every adolescent girl, woman and child has the right to be healthy and to live a life free of discrimination.
An Australian coffee shop gives priority seating to women and charges an optional 18 per cent "man tax" to reflect the earnings gap between men and women.
Around the world, girls face situations where barriers prevent them from accessing knowledge or control of their bodies.
The move will ensure all passengers feel welcome.
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There is a lot at stake for women – and gender equity – in the movement to end precarious employment.
Can we become more? To answer that question we require a good understanding of who we are and what our world has become.
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While girls are taught to develop the full spectrum of who they are, boys are still taught to be emotionally repressed.
Through international trade Canada is taking concrete steps to ensure that women benefit from the growth and wealth world markets offer.
Without options to excel outside of the household, many girls are kept silent and their needs are left unaddressed. Unfortunately, gender and age make refugee girls vulnerable to unique and especially dangerous challenges. Some are forced into child marriage in an effort to escape starvation for themselves or their families, often with older men.
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Indeed, Bill C-16 helps to redress incomplete protections for some of the most vulnerable women in Canadian society today: transgender women. For over a decade now, however, legislation aiming to protect transgender rights has stalled. Numerous lives have continued to be tragically impacted by discrimination, harassment and violence in the meantime.
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As a black female robotics researcher, I know that I am different than most of my colleagues. I joined a robotics class in elementary school and the world of technology opened up for me. After making my first project, I saw myself as a super heroine -- I had discovered my superpower -- and felt that I was beginning to acquire the tools and skills to broaden my horizons and change my life's path.
Austin and Shrida are two members of Plan International Canada's Youth Advisory Council. In recognition of Menstrual Hygiene Day, they asked a few of their fellow council members about their experiences with menstrual health and stigma.