New Year, New Opportunities

2016-01-12T13:10:59+00:00January 12, 2016|Gender-based violence, Women in media, Women’s poverty|

Woman looking toward horizonWith the New Year comes new opportunity for progress toward ending gender-based violence and poverty, and promoting women’s leadership.

As we head into January 2016, here are a few of the events, milestones, and developments we’ll be watching for in Canada.

Suffrage Centennial: Let’s start the year with a toast to Manitoba! In January 1916,women in Manitoba won the right to vote and hold government office at the provincial level. Women in Saskatchewan and Alberta won the right to vote later that year. It wasn’t until 1918 that women in Canada won the right to vote on a federal level, (1960 for Indigenous women covered by the Indian Act), but let’s remember that 100 years ago, Manitoba blazed a trail.

What the Hashtag: 2015 in Review

2016-01-05T15:10:52+00:00January 5, 2016|Empowering girls, Gender-based violence, Weekly roundup, What the Hashtag|

Woman with thought bubble2015 was a year of progress on gender equality and women’s rights in Canada.

Inclusive Leadership

We voted for the #countrywewant and elected a record number of women in the federal election (#elxn42), ending the year with a gender-equal parliament and a feminist Prime Minister. While many tried to discredit this overdue move toward gender parity in government as affirmative action without merit, the women appointed as ministers are more than qualified.

What the Hashtag: Working to #EndViolence for #16Days and Beyond

2017-12-19T17:23:43+00:00December 16, 2015|Gender-based violence, Weekly roundup, What the Hashtag|

Woman with thought bubbleThere was a chorus of voices calling for an end to gender-based violence in November and December.

On Nov. 19 and 20, the Ontario government brought together policy makers, service providers and activists for a summit on sexual violence and harassment or #SVHAP2015. Participants shared innovative ideas, discussed how to raise public awareness, support survivors, create safer campuses and workplaces, and spark a change in attitudes and behaviours. The Ontario government also released its second #ItsNeverOkay video and federal Minister for the Status of Women @PattyHajdu announced that the government would create a national action plan to address violence against women—a long sought-after commitment.

Day 16: Freedom from Gender-based Violence is a Human Right

2017-12-19T17:23:59+00:00December 10, 2015|Gender-based violence, Sexual abuse|

Woman wearing leather jacketWe hear about it every week in the news. We have a sister, female colleague or friend who has experienced it. We hope the next generation won’t have to.

“It” is gender-based violence. On December 10, Human Rights Day, we are reminded that the right to live free of gender-based violence is a human right that is yet to be secure in any country.

Established by the United Nations in 1950, Human Rights Day is recognized by organizations and governments around the world, and it comes at the end of the 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence.