Womens' Issues

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

Plan International Canada | Posted 03.19.2015 | 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

Sorry Ladies, Clothing-Optional Spas Make Me Awkward

Hannah Jack | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

I'm a feminist, but that doesn't mean want to see your bush. Let me explain. I spent my morning at a water spa in the city. An important part of this scenario is that bathing suits are optional. Great! Cool! I'm a modern lady! I've seen Dove commercials! Nakedness is no problem for me. EXCEPT THAT IT FOR SURE WAS!!!!!

How to Beat the Winter Blues and SAD

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

SAD tends to present in adulthood and affects eight times more women than men. As we gain a deeper understanding of how circadian and seasonal rhythms are at play within our bodies, we will be better equipped to help patients combat wintertime blues and SAD. Here are six steps to get started.

104 Years Later Women Still Demand and Deserve Better

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

More than a century ago, an international conference of some 100 working women meeting in Copenhagen decided to establish an annual Women's Day. As we approach the 104th International Women's Day on March 8, large gender gaps remain both in Canada and globally. This time, however, the annual event may become a catalyst for meaningful action, at least in election-year Canada.

Human Trafficking Is Part of the Story of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Aboriginal women and girls are at higher risk of becoming victims of human trafficking in Canada than non-aboriginals, according to Canada's National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking. This selling and abusing of people -- a modern-day form of slavery -- is one of the pieces that make up the complex puzzle of Canada's more than 1,100 missing and murdered aboriginal women. And another reason we must take action.

Being on Reality TV Taught Me that Your Story Can Limit You

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

Each of us has a story about who we are, the work we do, the people we love, or even why we arrive late to the office. We live each day according to these stories, seeing and believing the information that reinforces them and ignoring the rest. My participation in the reality TV show, "Who Lives Here?," precipitated this a-ha moment for me.

Violence Against Women in Canada: Enough Is Enough

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

We know from our daily lives that gender-based violence remains rampant. The facts support this conclusion: half of women in Canada have suffered physical or sexual violence. Exactly when did we, as a society, become accustomed to violence? We must ensure access to coordinated services that keep women and children safe.

Will Canada Commit To Addressing Gender Inequality in 2015?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 03.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Canada's health and survival ranking is particularly troubling as the gap between men and women globally is narrowest in the category of health and survival. In fact, 96 per cent of the gap between men and women has been closed and 35 countries show no difference between outcomes for men and women.

Menstruation Should Be Celebrated, Not Shamed

Irene Whittaker Cumming | Posted 02.16.2015 | 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.)

Why Do So Many Still Fear the "F" Word

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

There are a growing number of people who spurn the words "feminism" and "feminist" even though they support women's rights and equality. It seems there's widespread misunderstanding about what these terms mean. And the message that sends to youth about the ideals of gender equality concerns us deeply

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.

How This Boy Realized His Abused Mother Is a Super Hero

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 01.29.2015 | 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.

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

University of Toronto News | Posted 01.17.2015 | 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 01.11.2015 | 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.

Why It's Sometimes OK for a Woman to "Need" a Man

Debra Macleod | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

Ask your date to walk you to your car after dark. Ask your boyfriend to reach that plate on the top shelf, fix your computer or check your leaky faucet. I can hear the snarks from women now. Yet many men long to feel needed in a healthy way in their relationships.

Corporate Gender Quotas Will Not Fix Sexism

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living
Kathryn Marshall

Liberal Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette is proposing a private member's bill that will institute a quota system that will mandate that 40 per cent of all corporate board members must be female. Gender quotas result in good numbers on paper, but that's about all they do for the advancement of women. In reality, gender quotas simply reinforce tokenism and push the sexist belief that women somehow aren't "good enough" to earn power on their own.

Want to Climb the Corporate Ladder? These Skills Are a Leg Up

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

In today's highly competitive business world, climbing the corporate ladder takes more than a good education and solid job experience. You need to have an edge -- and being a strong communicator can help. But business communication isn't just about public speaking and writing.

Does the Government Even Realize How Many People Are Living With An Eating Disorder?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Frustrated Canadians living with eating disorders, families and health practitioners also want to have a greater presence at government and the Mental Health Commission discussion tables. Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of all mental health disorders. Women with anorexia are 12 times more likely to die than women of the same age without the condition.

Where Have All the Female Lawyers Gone?

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

Women now constitute nearly half of the North American workforce, and in nearly half of households all adults work, but the business model of most Canadian law firms has not evolved to reflect this significant social change. A change in management approach is clearly needed.

If Steve Paikin Wants Women On His Show, Maybe He Should Stop Insulting Them

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada
Kathryn Marshall

Paikin offers up another reason women guests are so hard to come by, and this one will floor you. He says "we've also discovered there also seems to be something in women's DNA that makes them harder to book." I think the last time I read something along those lines was in my undergraduate women's studies critical theory course, but it was something written in the 1800's. According to Paikin: "No man will say, "Sorry, can't do your show tonight, my roots are showing." I'm sure these words will find their way in a women's studies course someday too, to be picked apart by clever students who won't believe for a second it was written in 2014.

If the Olympics Was All Female Canada Would Have Placed First

Lee Tunstall | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Tunstall

In honour of this International Women's Day, it seems fitting we turn our attention to our female Olympians, who performed so wonderfully well at Sochi, and made all of us back in Canada exceptionally proud. How well did they do? Very well. If there were an all-female Olympics, Canada would have placed first in the medal count, with six gold, six silver and one bronze.

Why Is the Government Sidelining Eating Disorders?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Canadians may be shocked to learn that there are no long-term, publicly-funded residential care facilities in Canada. Wait times for treatment are so long that many Canadians with eating disorders are forced to go abroad for private health care, and return with little follow-up care. It is time that a national eating disorders awareness and education campaign be launched, and that Canada develop a national strategy to address these serious mental health conditions, including early diagnosis and access to the full range of necessary care, a national registry, and a robust research program.

Canada Must Act to Stop Child Marriages Now

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Canadians should know that early and forced marriage is not just an issue of developing countries. For example, recently there were 100 documented cases in Ontario, involving young girls who left Canada and were forced to marry. We need real action, an area where this government often stumbles badly.

A Letter To Proud Men Who Think "No" Means "Yes"

Eternity E Martis | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

Dear proud men who have taken a woman's "No" to sexual activity, touching, or intercourse as a "Yes" instead of respecting her wishes; to men who have...

How to Talk About Money With Your Partner (and Keep Your Cool)

Anita Saulite | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Living
Anita Saulite

Do you talk about money with your partner, better half, significant other? Many of us don't have this conversation and struggle just to address the topic. If we find the courage to reach out and engage in conversations about money how do we keep our emotions in check?