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Victim-blaming in coverage of RCMP report on MMIW

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On May 16, the RCMP released a 22-page "national operational overview" on missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The most valuable thing in the report are new statistics showing the total number of cases and how disproportionate they are to cases involving non-Aboriginal victims.

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Private Violence: A new documentary confronts the domestic violence epidemic

May 10, 2014
| Meghan Murphy speaks with Kit Gruelle, who is part of a new documentary that follows survivors of domestic violence and the advocates who work with them to seek justice.
Length: 18:50 minutes (17.25 MB)
May 9, 2014 |
On Mother's Day and every day, let's rise up together and demand that the government takes real action to address the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.

Conservatives and abolitionists are missing the big picture on sex work

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As Justice Minister Peter MacKay prepares to table new laws governing sex work, Canadians are hearing a lot about the Nordic model of prostitution policy. The Nordic model approach penalizes paying for sex while decriminalizing the sale of sex.

However, that's just one meaning of the Nordic model. The other also indicates Scandinavian socio-economic policy in general: "the combination of a free market economy with a welfare state." The Economist recently hailed this as the "next supermodel."

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'Honor Diaries': Breaking silence on violence or reinforcing stereotypes?

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On International Women's Day 2014, the Clarion Project released its latest cinematic offering: Honor Diaries, which purports to be "the first film to break the silence on honor violence." The movie is staged as a "dialogue about gender inequality" between nine "courageous women's rights advocates with connections to Muslim-majority societies" (although one of the nine -- Jasvinder Sanghera -- is actually a Sikh woman of Indian origin from Britain).

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Stepping Up to the Plate Toolkit

This toolkit is a guide to planning and implementing projects that use art and creative medium in anti-violence work for trans female newcomers. An emphasis on community safety for immigrant and refugee women who also identify as trans is obviously a super important way to support women making the transition to Canadian life and society.

 

While it’s essential for all women to be safe from violence, of course, the unique barriers faced by immigrants make this type of programming really essential.  

 

Here’s what you’ll find in the toolkit:

 

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April 7, 2014 |
Violence against women and girls continues to be widely tolerated in Canada. This fact sheet is a compilation of the most recent research and statistics on women’s experience of violence.

Rape culture exists. So does feminism

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In this episode we don’t question the existence of rape culture, we explore it. We also hear from an activist about a human rights framework for women’s rights and research on stranger harassment.

Related rabble.ca story:

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Episode 153: Rape culture exists. So does feminism.

March 31, 2014
| In this episode we don’t question the existence of rape culture, we explore it. We also hear from an activist about a human rights framework for women’s rights and research on stranger harassment.
Length: 31:42 minutes (43.62 MB)
| March 26, 2014
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