Womens' Issues

A Love Letter To My PMS

Lenora Thompson | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

One time I heard that menopause is the last chance a woman has to straighten out whatever isn't right in her life. It's her last time of insight into the reality that "all is not well in the kingdom." I wonder, dear PMS, if you aren't a microcosm of that concept. My anger may actually be an insight into truth.

How To Coach Women To Build Their Self-Confidence

Dr. Ivan Joseph | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Ivan Joseph

The key to building self-confidence is repeated practice coupled with persistence. Help women on your team overcome self-doubt by inviting them to contribute to the conversation, whether they are in classroom or the boardroom.

Health Care Must Do More To Address Environmental Sensitivities

Elvira Truglia | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Living
Elvira Truglia

Think a toxic injury that doesn't heal. If you are susceptible, exposure to small amounts of chemicals every day creates a "body burden" that impacts multiple biological systems (nervous, digestive, respiratory system, etc.). Typically, you don't detox very well, and repeated exposures can trigger the "on" switch in your brain, making you hypersensitive.

The Disease Lena Dunham And I Have In Common

Tara Mandarano | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Tara Mandarano

Endometriosis a chronic condition that's all around us, but nobody talks about it much. So I want to thank Lena Dunham. For raising some much-needed awareness. For being honest about the debilitating effects of the disease. For naming it and not feeling shamed into silence.

I Bawled When I Breastfed My Child For The Last Time

Lauren Bialystok | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Lauren Bialystok

The last time I breastfed my first child, I bawled. Unbeknownst to my 13-month-old, I was about to disappear for several days, a last-resort measure to terminate a relationship that was marked by inadequate milk supply, sleepless nights, blocked ducts and metabolic chaos. She was frustrated, I was frustrated, I was losing more weight than was healthy and I had a job interview in a week. It was taking a huge toll on everyone. Heaving with sadness and guilt, I finally agreed to go cold-turkey.

The Gender Tax Is Real, So Buy Everything In The Men's Aisle

The Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Style

Not cool.

Canadian Companies Are Struggling To Close The Gender Gap

Tom Turpin | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Business
Tom Turpin

The disconnect is clear. Canada's economy needs both genders at the wheel, but men are currently still doing the majority of the driving. What can businesses do to improve? The good news is that there are a number of solutions, but they need to be taken seriously.

Men, Have You Been Plaid-Shamed?

David Martin | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Living
David Martin

I was standing in line at my local McDonald's when the person behind me asked, "Is that a plaid shirt you're wearing?" I was flustered, my face turned a crimson red and I quickly exited the restaurant. It was only when I sat down inside my car in the parking lot that I realized what had happened: I'd been plaid-shamed.

I Am Living Proof There Can Be Hope After Trauma

Street Haven | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Living
Street Haven

To everyone around me, it looked like our family had it all. The truth was that I lived in a house that was filthy and piled high with debris and animal waste. I was 11years old when my father began to sexually abuse me. I had become accustomed to keeping so many secrets by then that I just added this one to the list. I hoped the abuse would stop. I was terrified and lonely. I am living proof that it takes a community to lift a person up. The day I left my abusive family home was the day I stepped into uncertainty and poverty.

Caitlyn Jenner Shouldn't Be A 'Woman Of The Year'

BLUNTmoms | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Living
BLUNTmoms

In no way would I suggest that the struggle transgender people face isn't real. But let's face it. She was living as a man, not a woman, until six months ago. A woman in hiding as a man, perhaps, but as far as the universe is concerned, she was a he, and treated with all the benefits that come along with being a rich white man for the better part of 65 years.

Equality Is Key To Success For Sustainable Development Goals

Development Unplugged | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

We need policies that enable the poorest to benefit most from economic growth. Of the 1.1 billion people living in extreme poverty in 2010, 200 million could have escaped extreme poverty if poor people had simply benefited equally from the proceeds of growth -- particularly women and youth, two groups being left behind.

These Women Are Making A Difference In Canada's Political Environment

Amanda Cupido | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Living
Amanda Cupido

Eighty-eight women will have their voices heard as they take their seats in Canada's 42nd parliament. That's up from the 76 seats held by women in 2011. On top of that, prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau is set to announce his cabinet on November 4, with a promise of having an equal number of men and women: a first for Canadian history.

Don't Make My Religion an Election Issue

Tahir Gora | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Tahir Gora

Please don't portray the niqab issue as a Muslim issue. The vast majority of Canadian Muslims think that the traditional veil is clearly a mark of separation, and consider it an element of the fanatical side of Islam. A tiny percentage of stubborn members of Muslim community is causing unnecessary tension between the government and Muslim community on one hand, and between the Muslim community and society at large on the other.

Harper Is Throwing a 'Veil' Over the Women's Issues That Matter

Martha Muzychka | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Martha Muzychka

Every day we see another poll, another tracker, another analyst examining this or that issue. The latest is the niqab, the face veil some Muslim women wear. But women's issues and politics in Canada encompass more than a face veil. In fact, I'm going to come out and say there are far more pressing issues we have to deal with from a woman's point of view than whether or not some women wear a veil. Stephen Harper's continuing waving of the veil in our faces is nothing more than a distraction and a deflection from what truly matters.

Black Voices Must Be Heard in the Conversation About Gender Violence

Black Lives Matter – Toronto | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Impact
Black Lives Matter – Toronto

Despite the Black Lives Matter movement focusing media attention on how violence affects black communities, the experiences of women and girls have not received the same sustained media attention and outcry as the experiences of men. Our voices are routinely excluded from political and public discourse. It's critical for us to make an intervention.

Ending Global Poverty Begins With Women's Rights

Oxfam Canada | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Oxfam Canada

Up For Debate has a very clear goal: to put women's rights and gender equality on the 2015 electoral map. And on September 21st, Up For Debate made headlines for doing just that -- releasing highlights from four federal leader's interviews on women's issues.

Althia Raj On The Women's Issues That Were Missed At 'Up For Debate'

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Living

The last debate on women’s issues was in 1984.

Canada's Failure to Protect Trans Women Should Be an Election Issue

Sophia Banks | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Sophia Banks

Like most women in Canada, I feel issues that affect me are generally ignored by politicians, especially on a federal level. There was some buzz on September 21st over the #UpForDebate, which was a panel featuring video clips from political party leaders and a panel of women discussing these clips about the neglected issues women in Canada face. As a woman I should perhaps feel positive and hopeful with this progress, that finally these issues are being addressed at least in some capacity. But as a trans woman I already know that issues affecting my unique needs and concerns will be ignored.

▶Our Favourite Clone Has Strong Words About The Term 'Strong Woman'

The Huffington Post Canada | Emily Anonuevo | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Living

"I think it’s a limiting term.”

5 Small Steps Male Leaders Can Take to Retain Female Employees

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

I had a discussion about the advancement of women with the senior partner of a major law firm. Frustrated with the leaky pipeline of women in his organization, he described hiring equal numbers of men and women but found the turnover rate for female associates to be three to four times that of the males. Rather than throwing up his hands in dismay, there are things he can do to retain women employees.

An Authentic Role Model for Motherhood

Katie Zeppieri | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Parents
Katie Zeppieri

To all new and expecting mothers Tara encourages you to: "Get connected. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to carry a mother so don't be afraid to reach out to someone walking the same journey. We can walk together because our children need us to be the best mothers that we can possibly be."

5 Inspiring Quotes from 5 Inspiring Women

Hannah Alper | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Living
Hannah Alper

This week, I'm celebrating Women's Equality Day and continuing the conversation when we not only talk about the issue of women's equality but how we can reach equality for all. This is also a time when we highlight some amazing women who shine a light on this issue and believe that we can get there.

I May Not Look Homeless, But I Am

Street Haven | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Living
Street Haven

A lot of people have the perception that shelter life today is for the junkie, the uneducated, the criminal or the battered wife seeking refuge from her abusive partner. In my experience, most of the people I have met in the shelter system are there for a variety of reasons. In the shelter I have met bank tellers, writers, students and even retirees.

30 Years Later, We Still Need a Women's Debate

Clare Beckton | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Clare Beckton

To debate or not to debate -- that is the question? Election fever has begun in Canada well before the election call. So much for the concept of a six-week election blitz. One of the issues floating through all of the talk is a push for a leaders' debate on women's issues similar to the televised one held on August 15, 1984. In 1984 few could imagine that a need would exist for another debate in 2015. Surely all of the issues facing women in Canada would be resolved by then! Sadly this is not the case. Canada, once a leader respecting advancement of women has slipped behind other countries.

From Barbells to Boardrooms: Career Advice from Women Who Influenced Me

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 07.18.2015 | Canada Business
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Ladies, you have a lot to offer any industry. You are intelligent, nurturing, and have so many great qualities that are the corner stones of success. So hold your head high, know your worth, learn from each other and show 'em what you're made of!