Canada Women

Restorative Justice at Dalhousie Is a Depiction of Rape Culture

Isabelle Côté | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada
Isabelle Côté

The University of Dalhousie is currently facing a scandal regarding some fourth-year male dentistry students who have been caught posting sexually violent and misogynistic comments on a Facebook page. It was announced last night that the University will proceed with a restorative justice process. While some may think it might be an appropriate response to join together both parties in order to come to a mutual agreement on an appropriate punishment, in this particular case -- and in all cases of violence against women -- this route is likely to favour the perpetrators and disappoint or further victimize the female victims.

Menstruation Should Be Celebrated, Not Shamed

Irene Whittaker Cumming | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Irene Whittaker Cumming

has always been that messy and exciting hallmark of puberty signifying the possibility of fertility. Today it is but one occurrence in a lifetime of shaming women's bodies, diminishing the natural beauty and power of every female. (Not to mention they want them smelling and looking like daisies in a meadow. Vaginas are not flowers. They are vaginas.)

For Canadians With Eating Disorders, Holiday Meals Are No Celebration

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

At a recent function, a young woman takes me aside, and complains bitterly about the holidays. She finds them stressful, but not for the reason we might think. She explains that, like thousands across Canada, she had waited for the Status of Women report on eating disorders,‎ and that she was praying that it might offer some hope for 2015, a plan to help struggling families. But these hopes have been dashed. She continued to say that many Canadians are so sick that they need urgent help, and that long wait times, few hospital beds and lack of help in the community are killing people needlessly in our communities.

How to Have What you Want or Want What You Have

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada Living
Kelsey Ramsden

A story never told... I have not told this story to anyone, even my closest friends, so this is a bit of a stretch into the vulnerability matrix, ev...

How Menstrual Cups Are Changing Lives in East Africa

Sabrina Rubli | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Sabrina Rubli

In Kenya, the average cost of a package of sanitary pads is 75KSH -- approximately $1 CAD. While this may seem like a minimal amount of money, the average daily income for unskilled labourers is around $1.50 CAD. Providing access to healthy and sustainable menstrual management materials allows women to stay safe, and healthy, and does not sacrifice her ability to participate in work, school or daily activities.

How To Sail Though This Holiday Season

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

To make the most of your energy you need to know yourself. What people, places and situations give you energy and which ones take it away? In the same way that the successful sailor stops to feel the wind, you must feel your energy. What energizes each of us it is different and there are no right or wrong answers. What catches my sail might leave you stranded at the dock.

What I Hear When You Call My Unborn Daughter a "Drama Queen"

Vicki Murphy | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

"Good luck with the little drama queen," they say when they find out I'm expecting a girl. It seems we gals have a rep right out of the womb -- as dramatic, irrational whack-jobs. So, when one of us is assaulted and comes forward, many people instantly think: oh she's exaggerating, seeking attention or revenge or a payday. It's a pattern, after all.

What Every Single Girl Needs to Know About Dating

Alana Hurov | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Living
Alana Hurov

over the years and through a lot of bad encounters and relationships, I adapted and went from sweet and innocent to sexy vixen with an edge. Now that I am in a happy and committed relationship, I have some valuable advice for all of those single girls out there. I wish I had this kind of wisdom when I was on the hunt for my Prince.

Five Ways You Can Promote Gender Equality in Your Workplace

Katie Zeppieri | Posted 12.10.2014 | 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.

How Football Helped One Woman Reach Her Dreams

Dana Marie Krook | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Dana Marie Krook

Although for Taylor, football seems to be about fun, fitness and friends, she is building potential inside herself, as well as creating an example for other girls about what is possible when you go after what you want. Perhaps she doesn't see that just yet. But I think she will.

The Angels Have Landed And Want You To Feel Really Good About Yourself This Season

Tamara Schroeder | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Alberta
Tamara Schroeder

I can always tell when the beginning of December rolls around and the predictable signs of the season begin to appear: the Advent candles set up at church, the parking lot of my local Target suddenly resembling a scene from The Day After Tomorrow. And naturally, a bombardment of photos of the Victoria's Secret Angels prepping for the annual fashion show on the celebrity sites I frequent.

There Are Only Three Kinds of Book Clubs

Heather Korol | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Living
Heather Korol

Books are doors that open into a vast and unending variety of worlds and experiences and the book clubs we attend are the real doors that open into peoples lives so we can share those words and our journeys.

Hot Trends For Your Hair Colour

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

Recently I spoke with Taylor Smits, the Creative Director at Aveda Tonic South Granville in Vancouver about the hottest hair colour trends and he also shared some secrets about the differences between store bought hair colour and having your colour done in a salon.

Don't Tell Me I Look Good 'For My Age'

Sophie Tarnowska | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada Living
Sophie Tarnowska

Today is my 42nd birthday, and I must admit that admitting my age is getting harder, in part because I come from a long line of age deniers. When I ...

What I Learned This Week: The Difference Between Men and Women, Part 843

Andy Nulman | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

Over the years, at Just For Laughs and Airborne Mobile, I've never been a major fan of focus groups for multiple reasons; most notably because the people gather to tell you exactly what they figure you want to hear. But in this group the men said things to try to appear smart. The women said smart things.

How This Boy Realized His Abused Mother Is a Super Hero

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Living
Kirsty Duncan

A 30-year-old women came to my office and cried because after a decade of abuse, she had mustered the courage to leave a horrific and impossible situation. She was now being forced out of the shelter, and she had no job, no food, and did not know how she was going to support her children. Her son sat beside her, rolling his eyes.

What to Do on a Weekend In Ottawa

Vacay.ca | Posted 11.27.2014 | Canada Travel
Vacay.ca

Think Ottawa is a sleepy government town with little to offer other than politicians? Think again. Three friends and I embarked on a weekend road trip to take in the food, entertainment and history that the city and outlying area have to offer. Ottawa did not disappoint.

Why Are the Tone Police Only Called on Women?

Hana Shafi | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada Living
Hana Shafi

When you're a woman, tone policing is rampant. Amid the hate and abuse, we are expected to stay as calm and eloquent as possible. Our justified rage is always attributed to over-sensitivity, hormones, or PMS-ing. We are treated as emotional, not intellectual beings, when the truth is we are emotional AND intellectual beings. Intellect without emotion is dead inside. There's a whopping double standard regarding tone between men and women (and of course others along the gender binary and non-binary folk). Men who are angry are passionate and driven. Women who are passionate and driven are just angry.

I Am a Feminist Because It's Still Not Safe to Be a Woman

Anuradha Dugal | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Living
Anuradha Dugal

Today is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which kicks off 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. This year has seen an explosion of women speaking out against abuse and public discussion about the crisis of violence against women. But in every other way, nothing much has changed.

The Rise of the Women Helping Women Movement

Shannon Skinner | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

In case you have not noticed, there is a growing trend of women's empowerment organizations springing up everywhere that are geared to helping professional women achieve success and fulfillment. With so many popping up, it makes me wonder: are career women that hungry and in need of support groups to empower themselves?

What Does Success Look Like for You?

Anne Day | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Day

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the definition of success is "the attainment of wealth, fame or position." That seems a very masculine and narrow ...

International Men's Day Isn't Worthy of Celebration

Hana Shafi | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Living
Hana Shafi

Today is International Men's Day, so let's join hands today and celebrate all that men have done for the world. Wow, I couldn't even type that with a straight face. But International Men's Day? Seriously? Every day is International Men's Day, or really International Cisgender Men's Day. Every day the achievements of men are celebrated. Every day their innovations are hailed. What's next? International White People Day? International Heterosexual Day? I'm sure some of you would love that.

Break Down That Workplace Gender Bias With These Simple Tips

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 11.17.2014 | 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!

Canada Needs a Plan to Address Violence Against Immigrant and Refugee Women

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Politics
University of Toronto News

The report calls for a national plan to address violence against immigrant and refugee women and immigration policies that better support immigrants in precarious circumstances. It calls on the federal government to abolish the two-year conditional status for sponsored spouses, reinstate access to the Interim Federal Health program to all refugee claimants and uphold the privacy of all people who have access to social and health services.

The 10 Money Fears that Block Women From Wealth

Alyson Jones | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

As a therapist I have worked with many successful women who have the "fraud syndrome," where they think they do not deserve the success they are experiencing and that somebody somehow will find out that they are faking it. There are also those who are suspicious of success and power. Here are some of the common blocks and defeating thoughts that women commonly experience.