Gender Equality

We Should be Critical, But Not Dismissive of Emma Watson's UN Campaign

Neha Chandrachud | Posted 09.25.2014 | Canada Living
Neha Chandrachud

It's important to note that despite my appreciation for Watson's UN campaign, I believe much of the criticism she's faced has been warranted. Liberal white feminism tends to cling to these seemingly iconic moments in which feminism briefly becomes more palatable, more easily sold to the masses. Men shouldn't care about feminism because it may improve things for them. They should care about feminism because it will improve things for women.

The Annoying Comment I Got When I Posted Emma Watson's #HeForShe Speech

Brett Caron | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada Living
Brett Caron

Like so many other people inspired by Emma Watson's impassioned speech in her new capacity as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, I shared it to Facebook. Like so many other posts on Facebook and elsewhere calling for attention to women's rights, it almost immediately received a comment from someone who took umbrage with the message.

Would You Still Be Anti-Feminist If You Knew What Feminism Was?

Dana Marie Krook | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada Living
Dana Marie Krook

It's everyone's right to have an opinion. But here is what bothers me: they've got the wrong definition. They are basing their judgment of me, my beliefs and on feminism as a whole, on inaccurate information. What I am calling for is a re-education of women, and men, across North America. If you take a look at feminism's goal (one more time: equality!) and still want to tote a sign that says, "I'm an anti-feminist," I suppose that is your prerogative.

Why Should Gender Matter When It Comes To Human Rights?

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png A female in my nation may state education as the most important right for her, but others may feel the right to clean drinking water, basic healthcare, or freedom from torture more pressing. The fact of the matter is that human rights are all important. All of them must be fought for, and, once gained, must be retained.

The Vatican Dismissed This Man for Supporting Women Priests

Nancy Fornasiero | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Nancy Fornasiero

"Why shouldn't women be called to the Catholic priesthood?" This is the question that Roy Bourgeois has been asking out loud since the RCWP ordination of his friend Janice Sevre-Duszynska, six years ago on August 8, 2002. It's the question that landed him in a boat-load of hot water with the Vatican who insisted that he recant his position.

Make Japan a Nation Where Women and Men Shine

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada
G(irls)20

It is widely acknowledged that Japan needs more females in business to make up for a shrinking workforce and to boost economic growth and opportunity. With this admirable goal in mind, we must work to make Japan a nation where every individual, male and female, has equal opportunities to realize their full social, economic and political potential. As a Japanese youth, I am not afraid to break from traditional practices and defy what is expected of me. I am ready to pursue my own dream to become a fearsome business leader and 2014 G(irls)20 Delegate representing Japan.

Having Women In Power Is A Matter Of Justice

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada
G(irls)20

Women worldwide have faced discrimination, injustice and the infringement of their rights for centuries. In the 21st century, there still exists a great number of women who don't have basic civil rights, and female representation on different levels of our society remains low.

The Purpose of Feminism

Lauren Messervey | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

The remedy for all ignorance is simple; compassion and education. If you come across a 21st century "alpha" male basking in North American blindness, be kind. They are less-educated in the ways of human behavior, and perhaps it is best to leave them to it. Pick up the torch, speak up, and educate those who are willing to listen. Your voice has power. Never let go of the truth in equal rights.

Why 'Privilege' Is Condescending and Manipulative

Angela Hartlin | Posted 09.04.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

As an evolved species, we can do better than repeating the same patterns of discrimination that feed into a looping and segregating cycle. Let's lay out all issues on the table, educate, and not stamp prejudice onto those who suffer greatly for various other reasons because they fit in with the white/ straight/ rich categories.

Gender Equality Lessons Cancelled Amid Protest

CP | Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada Living

PARIS - France is scrapping a plan to teach children the "ABCD of equality" between boys and girls after protests by some parents who feared it was a ...

It's Time to Connect the Dots on Gender-Based Violence

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
Rosemary McCarney

When the headlines fade, the daily, persistent, and pervasive violence against girls and women around the world will continue unabated and generally unreported. And it will persist until people and their governments start connecting the dots between these headline-making atrocities and the everyday, out of the headlines, violence targeted at girls and women on public streets, in the household, in the workplace, and in and around schools and why these incidents happen.

Laws Don't Rape Women. Men Do

Michelle Brock | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Michelle Brock

While some women would no doubt make plenty of money by running escort services or choosing a few well-paying clients, the majority of those in prostitution do not have that kind of relative bargaining power. And considering that we share a border with the U.S., not only will decriminalization lead to increased demand from Canadian citizens, but also from our southern neighbours.

What Australia Can Do For Women At The G20 Summit

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png I am excited to have the G20 Summit held in Australia this year because I believe this provides Australia with the opportunity to intensely scrutinize its own role in the world. While Australia in many respects is a wonderful country to live in, I believe that as a wealthy, prosperous nation, we still have a lot of work to do.

Keep Gender Stereotypes Out of Raising Kids

Jenn Neilson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jenn Neilson

With kids growing up surrounded by advertising, movies and TV, toys, books, and clothes that tell them that some things are for girls, and others are for boys, we're already fighting an uphill battle if our goal is to raise girls who know that they can solve tough, real world problems, and boys who are interested in collaboration, not just competition.

Women Need an AIDS Vaccine

Margie McGlynn | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Impact
Margie McGlynn

We applaud the Government of Canada's continued efforts to push women's and children's health to the forefront of the global agenda, as the high-level Summit on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health opens in Toronto this week. In far too many many parts of the world, women still struggle to access the health services they need, at an often deadly price.

6 Ways Fears Around Female Sexuality Are Screwing Up Our Girls

Anea Bogue | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Living
Anea Bogue

At a time when research suggests that the average girl's self-esteem peaks at the age of nine and then plummets, '9 Ways' uncovers the root causes of the self-esteem crisis, the ways we are unknowingly contributing to it, and what we can do to ensure that every girl (and future woman) is empowered to reach her full potential.

Don't Separate 'Honour Crimes' From Other Violence Against Women

Amy Awad | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada
Amy Awad

There are thoughtful and effective ways to look at all the facets of violence against women and it can certainly be done without promoting bigotry. For example, in March, the Ottawa Police, the Ottawa Rape Crisis, and Algonquin College partnered to put on a full day event on violence in the name of honour.

Why Women Still Suffer From the Ally McBeal Effect

Erica Berman | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

We are not just expected to put in the same amount of work in the office, and still more at home, we also have to find the time to go to the gym, pull on skin-tight shape wear, prepare gluten-free, carb-free, Paleo, blah, blah, meals, get Botox, gel manicures, and buy expensive serums, lotions, and potions proven to even out our complexion, hide fine lines, and reduce sagging.

"Feminists" or Not, Let's Teach Our Kids True Equality

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

"Feminist" is an unavoidably loaded word. If we asked a group of parents if they believe in raising children that are respectful of both men and women, and who believe in equal opportunity, we suspect the answer would be overwhelmingly, "of course." Ask that same group if they believe in raising feminists, and the response may be slightly more hesitant.

Halifax Teen Felt 'Degraded' After Gender Separation

Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada

When a Muslim man enrolled in Sonja Power's martial arts class, the Halifax teenager had no idea that her hobby of nine years was about to become poli...

Lean In Until You Fall Over, Ladies -- You Still Won't Find Gender Balance

Denise Brunsdon | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Business
Denise Brunsdon

The Lean In zeitgeist says individual women can take personal responsibility for failure and act to achieve success. Meanwhile, recent research says there is an unconscious bias in corporate Canada that prevents equally qualified women from attaining the same level of success as men. The Lean In school is decidedly wrong. In short, both men and women need to lean in to create equity in business. It's the only way to achieve balance.

Sorry, but (White, Straight) Men Are Not the New Minority Group

r/ally | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Living
r/ally

The patriarchy has suffered a few punches lately, at least in Toronto this year. But I think it's safe to say that the patriarchy is doing just fine, thank you very much. There's still a lot of work to be done to even the playing field in the business and political world.

Canada Must Target Buyers of Sex

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

Despite this new ruling, the debate around prostitution is hardly settled. There are those who wish to legalize and normalize the industry, those who wish to criminalize all aspects of the industry, and finally those, like myself, who recognize prostitution as an industry that is inherently harmful to women and girls and therefore must be eliminated.

WATCH: This Commercial About Double Standards Says It All

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living

Sixty per cent of all women in Canada are in the workforce, and this number has only been increasing with each passing year. Women are essential, they...

Altruistic Canada Has Become Another Nation of Gold Diggers

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

At first blush, the recent decision of the Canadian government to shift its foreign affairs focus from diplomacy to servicing private industry came as something of a shock to many. We have become just another nation interested in building up its own wealth at the expense of being an effective influence in the larger struggles facing the globe -- poverty, climate change, localized conflicts, and a general breaking down of democracy's legitimacy.