This weekend marked the five-year anniversary of the ascent to power of Canada's exceptionally charismatic (cough*cough) and calculating Conservative PM Stephen Harper. It's surprising that Stephen Harper has lasted so long in a minority government, but for a minority PM, he sure has accomplished a lot -- if by accomplishments, one is referring to the insidious erosion of women's rights that has occurred in the last five years. Let's take a look back at what Harper has done to increase gender inequality, shall we?
Scrap universal daycare
Author’s note: This post was commissioned as an IWD blog by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. It was initially approved and posted by the Museum on 4 March 2014. It was, however, almost immediately withdrawn as ‘Communications’ at the Museum deemed the one line comment on the current federal Conservative government unacceptable as written. The offer of a substantive footnote and illustrative example from the author brought no reply. ActiveHistory.ca has reposted this time-sensitive contribution here, to which examples of anti-women policies and a footnote have been added.
March 8, 2014
International Women’s Day
We stand with Anne-Marie Roy. We’ve been there too.
As women who have held elected positions at our college or university students’ union, we write in solidarity with Anne-Marie Roy, the President of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO). Anne-Marie was recently the target of sexually violent comments made by several men who held elected positions at the University of Ottawa. Several of these men initially threatened to sue Anne-Marie if she was not quiet about the disgusting comments.
A Documentary about three extraordinary Somali women
Through the Fire is a documentary film and photo essay that showcases the resilience of Somali people, with a focus on women, as they do their part in rebuilding their country. The film tells the story of three remarkable Somali women who risk their lives to run essential humanitarian projects. Aimed at providing a different perspective on Somalia by portraying Somalis not as helpless victims but as people who have managed to thrive in difficult circumstances. Through the Fire is a dedication to the strength of Somali women who have found ways to rebuild the country regardless of circumstance.
Refreshments will be served
We are pleased to announce a Science for Peace panel discussion entitled “International Women’s Day (2014) – Re-Visiting Violence Against Women: Focus Turkey” to be held on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Bahen Centre, 40 St. George Street , Room 1170 between 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The panelists are Professors: Aysan Sev’er, Sedef Arat Koc, Idil Atak, and (4th TBA). Prof. Mustafa Koc will kindly moderate the event.
Please find below an abstract of the discussion and short bios of the participants: