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The irony of Harper's commitment to women and children

While receiving much praise for renewing the so-called Muskoka Initiative, Harper is killing or de-funding other valuable women's initiatives, both in Canada and abroad.

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Women's words: Five great quotes from Women's Forum 2013

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"Fellow feminists," was how Niki Ashton greeted the crowd at Women's Forum 2013, held earlier last week in Ottawa. It was a fitting address; the women who joined her on stage throughout the day were passionate, they were fiesty and they didn't shy away from using the f-word.

Well over 100 people attended the forum, now in its second year. Ashton, the forum organizer, made headlines in 2008 when she became the second youngest woman ever elected to the House of Commons.

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Join the digital discussion at the 2013 Women's Forum

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Follow our live coverage of the 2013 Women's Forum, hosted by MP Niki Ashton, which brings together women from across the country both in person and digitally.

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Women's Forum 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Location

Government Conference Centre
2 Rideau Street
Ottawa, ON
Canada

Join Us! 
The Women's Forum is the first gathering of its kind bringing women, activists and organizations together.

October 29 , 2013, 9:00am-5:00pm

Government Conference Centre, 2 Rideau Street, Ottawa ON

This event offers:

  • Simultaneous interpretation (English & French)
  • Visual interpretation in ASL
  • Wheelchair accessibility

* Please indicate on your registration form how we can further meet your accessibility needs. As well, please email us with any specifics: niki.ashton@parl.gc.ca

Fraser Institute undervalues Canadian families by inaccurately assessing true costs

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Seventy three per cent of mothers in Canada with children under the age of 16 are working mothers, and women still earn on average 30 cents less to the dollar than their male counterparts. The need for economic supports for Canadian families, like access to affordable universal child care has never been greater. Yet in The Cost of Raising Children released August 2013 by the Fraser Institute, economist Christopher Sarlo claimed that childcare, along with other frivolities such as housing, are not costs to be considered when assessing the totality of costs associated with raising children.

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Storified: The Ottawa Women's Forum

On Thursday Oct. 18, 2012 NDP MP Niki Ashton hosted Ottawa's first bilingual Women's Forum. rabble.ca was there to cover the action, liveblogging, tweeting and posting audio. But guess who was missing?

 

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Musings on the state of women's equality in Canada: Based on a true forum

Amira Elghawaby and Steffanie Pinch at the Women's Forum. (Photo: rabble.ca)

I've been asked to sum up the story coming out of the NDP's Women's Forum held a couple of weeks ago in Ottawa which I had the opportunity to live blog for rabble. 

In a word: bittersweet.

In an article: mostly bitter, with the sweet parts near the end.

Let's start with the ironic and unexpected backdrop to the forum -- the ludicrous statement the night before by presidential hopeful Mitt Romney that he had consulted a "binder full of women" to fill important jobs after becoming governor of Massachusetts. 

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Follow live Thursday: Women's Forum on the future of the women's movement

In just a few days, the Women’s Forum des femmes will launch a renewed conversation about the state of women’s equality in Canada and how to move it forward. You can join this conversation.  This is a non-partisan event initiated by NDP Status of Women Critic, Niki Ashton, in recognition that the women's community is facing challenging times. Who should participate? Women, activists, organizations - anyone concerned about developments over the past decade in the collective fight for women's rights & equality in Canada.

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