We Need To Change How We Define Success In Development

Development Unplugged | Posted 11.26.2015 | Canada Impact
Development Unplugged

Development is sensitive, political, difficult and often surprisingly controversial work, and the changes sought can be difficult to measure or quantify. Transformative agendas cannot be accomplished through an obsession with "bang for the buck" and the pressure to demonstrate numerical impact within short periods of time.

A Gender Balanced Cabinet Should Be Nothing Special

Lauren Messervey | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Lauren Messervey

To some people, this may not be particularly mind-boggling. Women have moved up a lot in the world in terms of social, economic, and political influence. It wasn't so long ago that women were expected to adhere to the barefoot and pregnant "laws" that were governed by the patriarchal political climate. But here we are, 2015, and cheering wildly because we have more women in government. Apologies for raining on the parade, but I have to question this. In a truly gender equal society, we would all look at this cabinet and say, "Huh."

If Hollywood Can Think Outside The Gender Box, So Can You

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

I first paid attention to this in September, at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). When describing her role in the new film Our Brand is Crisis, Sandra Bullock ‎told the audience it had originally been written for a man. In fact, George Clooney intended to play it, but he was too busy. She loved the dynamic part and blazed forward, asking the producers to make the lead female, rather than male. They agreed to do the gender swap, and other than changing her character's name, hardly tweaked the role at all.

Why Objectifying Justin Trudeau Is Not OK

Lauren Messervey | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Lauren Messervey

Justin Trudeau is indisputable in the hotness category and the world is paying attention. For the first time ever, Americans are taking to Twitter to submit their approval for our elected representative. People from all over the world are writing articles and verily salivating over the super-fine man in power. At first, I didn't see a problem with this. But you do, don't you?

This Is My Problem With (Some) Modern Feminists

Lauren Messervey | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Chanty Binx' impassioned rant outside the MRA lecture displays everything wrong with modern feminism. It's the childish temper tantrums, the causeless wildfire, the name-calling and the abusive labeling that is frequently attributed to the feminist name. Binx' rant displays the most depressing aspect to the discrediting of the feminist cause: they are no better than the patriarchy that they aim to take down.

Why It's Crucial to Engage Men in Maternal Health

Plan International Canada | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

When men accompany their partners to prenatal visits and attend at birthing, the women report a much more positive experience, according to our commissioned study, Men Matter. When men share in the housework and rearrange certain duties or workloads to accommodate their pregnant or breastfeeding partners, the couple's relationship strengthens and the household becomes a happier place.

Let's Talk About the Modern Alpha Male

Lauren Messervey | Posted 08.23.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

The Internet is full of wannabe Neolithic men. You can see their comments on Twitter, Reddit, and every Internet dating website ever. They say that they always tried to be the nice guy, but women didn't want to have sex with them, so now they're going to take back their power. They're going to be alpha males now, seducing women and leaving them in their tracks so that they can finally be validated.

What You Need To Know About (Trans)Gender Language

Ana Rodriguez | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Living
Ana Rodriguez

Transgender rights have been popping up in the headlines more and more in the past few months. But transphobia still exists  --  on the internet, in schools, in families, and in the media. We've come a long way and still have a long way to go.

My Husband Doesn't Care if the Grass Is Greener on the Other Side

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

You see, my husband possesses a rare characteristic that is just so admirable, even if it does mean my first drive in our new car was a little more predictable than I'd anticipated. He knows what he likes and he simply doesn't care at all what he may be missing

Dads Who Dare To Do It Differently | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Parents

Being a black father, I notice people being shocked that I am even involved with my children -- that's about living in a wider racist culture. Black masculinity has always been under attack. This Father's Day I want to encourage every black dad out there to remember you don't have to conform, you can do it differently, if you dare.

14 Fantastic Gender-Positive Books

The Huffington Post Canada | Lyndsay Kirkham | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Parents

For most kids, reading is right up there with magic. Through books, children are handed keys to new worlds and are introduced to unknown people and cu...

An Open Letter to Pick Up Artist, Roosh V

Lauren Messervey | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

Dear Roosh V, I'd like to start a dialogue with you, if I may. I find you to be very interesting. As I was watching your videos and reading your material, I kept asking myself what has to happen to a person in their life to become someone like you. You must have been through a lot of awful things in order to see other human beings the way you do.

When Women Take Risks in Business

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

Even though not every risk delivers the results we desire, one thing is certain: the biggest risk for a woman is to hold back and try to be one of the crowd. If we hide what makes us special and unique, our companies will suffer and so will our careers. It is a lost opportunity.

India's Daughter, The World's Daughter: Stopping Violence Against Women

Plan International Canada | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Violence against girls and women is an issue everywhere, not only in India. We've read about other high-profile attacks in the past year -- mass abductions of school girls in Nigeria, women murdered in El Salvador and Brazil, and rape and assault accusations directed at celebrities in Canada and the U.S. These events are rooted in sexist and discriminatory systems in societies around the world. As the documentary and so many studies show, extreme violence is at the far end of a continuum that's based on social norms and attitudes that women are subordinate to men. At one end of the continuum are brutal acts of violence; one out of every three women worldwide experiences sexual violence during her life

Are You a Cat or a Dog in Relationships?

Alana Hurov | Posted 05.09.2015 | Canada Living
Alana Hurov

After 20 years of dating and over 100 relationships later, I have created "The Milk and Bone Theory." Take a close look at the behaviour of cats and dogs, notice which qualities you share with both animals. You will most likely have commonalities with one more than the other. Here are five ways to tell if you are a cat or a dog in a relationships.

Why Education Matters So Much to Girls

Karen L. Jurjevich | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Karen L. Jurjevich

"If you are not educated, you are nothing." This terse statement comes from a young girl in Zambia, who was an appreciative beneficiary of the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) program. While I can't agree with the extreme nature of the conclusion, this girl's statement illustrates the power of education, particularly for females.

How One Woman Escaped Forced Marriage and Thrived

Katie Zeppieri | Posted 03.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Katie Zeppieri

At 23 years of age, Nasreen Sheikh radically redefines what it means to be a Nepali woman. She is a Sunni Muslim living in a predominately Hindu community and is the founder of a fair-trade sewing collective called Local Women's Handicrafts. Nasreen is an outlier in her community. Typically, most Nepali girls marry between the ages of 15 and 18. The pressure to have a married daughter began to increase with each year Nasreen remained single however, and in 2014, Nasreen's parents decided that they had to take action. For Nasreen, this arranged marriage would have meant the end of Local Women's Handicrafts.

Five Ways You Can Promote Gender Equality in Your Workplace

Katie Zeppieri | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Living
Katie Zeppieri

With the help of Kumpf, UNDP and the UN Foundation, I have compiled a list of some easy ways that you can take action today to help "paint the world orange" and promote gender equality in your workplace.

Break Down That Workplace Gender Bias With These Simple Tips

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

The guys I worked with teased me. They saw me as a hospitable female underling, lucky to be included at a sales meeting. I continued to disarm them with copious levels of service and their unconscious bias prevented them from seeing me as competition. By 1989, I was promoted to be a Vice President in head office and had leap frogged over most all of the guys in that meeting!

Why We Need to Keep Talking About Jian Ghomeshi

Avi Goldberg | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Living
Avi Goldberg

"Isn't it time," folks on my Twitter feed are saying, "that we put an end to the public trial and let the police and the justice system take over? It is tempting to ask whether we've all not heard enough at this point, but given the social and cultural significance of Jian Ghomeshi, there are important reasons that the public conversations continue to go on.

It's Time We Ended the Gender Gap in Digital

Jennifer Osborne | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Business
Jennifer Osborne

When we hold executive meetings here at our offices, the room is split 50/50 between women and men around the table. It's not an image that's often seen in our digital technology field and one that needs to become more norm and less exception.

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

Brett Caron | Posted 11.23.2014 | 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 10.26.2014 | 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.

Please Don't Hyper-Sexualize Women To Market Cannabis

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada
Jenna Valleriani

With all the rapid change around medical cannabis and talk about legalization efforts, it's important to note that these changes are not without challenge: women's disproportionate responsibility for dependent children intensifies the risk associated with smoking cannabis and being known as a cannabis user.

When You Tell Me I'm Not "Ladylike," What Do You Mean?

Bianca Pang | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Living
Bianca Pang

What does "ladylike" mean? Personally, the term leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. There's a difference between being "ladylike" and having manners. "Ladylike" represents a list of expectations of how a woman should be or what a woman should stand for. I'm sorry (not sorry), but screw that shit.