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Canadian Women Marching in Washington: Feminist Solidarity in Historical Perspective
by Joan Sangster
A friend’s daughter set out yesterday from Montreal for Washington to join American protests timed to coincide with the inauguration of Donald Trump. She may not know that she is marching in a long Canadian tradition of cross-border feminist solidarity going back to a 1913 suffrage demonstration, also timed to coincide with a presidential inauguration.
The Democratic Project: 20 Chinese Women’s Attitudes towards Suffrage and Referendum
by Huai Bao
There is insufficient credible scholarship on women and politics in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Chinese scholarship suffers from unsympathetic scrutiny and editing by state authorities, while language, cultural, and institutional barriers limit access by most Western scholars of women’s politics to Chinese first-person accounts.
Transgender Citizenship in Canada, and Beyond
by A.J. Lowik
A transgender is like a refugee without citizenship. S/he is without rights until a court grants them by categorizing him/her as either male or female. While outside of these categories, the transgender is most vulnerable and most likely to find him/herself without basic human rights (Bird 2002, quoted in Couch et al. 2008: 281).
Essential’s Workshop — Port Coquitlam Women’s Campaign School
by Jessica Leis
I had a great opportunity to attend the condensed Women’s Campaign School “Essentials Workshop” in Port Coquitlam, an event put on by the Canadian Women Voters Congress, in partnership with the Young Women Civic Leaders and Mayor Greg Moore of the City of Port Coquitlam.
A First: Sweden Elects Soraya Post of the Feminist Initiative Party to the European Parliament
by Veronica Strong-Boag
In May 2014, Sweden, one of the Nordic ‘magical kingdoms’ that are sometimes famed as feminist nirvanas, made history. Brussels is about to welcome a Swedish Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from a feminist party.
Women, Religion and the Quebec Charter of Values: An Historical Perspective
by Beth Robertson
Since it was first announced in May of 2013, the proposed Quebec Charter of Values, or Bill 60, has launched a flurry of commentary, with some prominent public figures lauding it as a much needed step in addressing reasonable accommodation in the province, and others, such as the Quebec Human Rights Commission, denouncing it as an affront to civil liberties.
The Right to be Forgotten? The Right to be Remembered?
by Jason Ellis
Relatively new high profile public debates about privacy rights show that the right to privacy is selectively applied in a manner that silences some voices and privileges others. Recently in Spain, a man brought suit against Google to compel the search engine to take down links to a 1998 newspaper article mentioning that the man’s home was repossessed. These links appeared when the man’s name was “Googled.”
Locating the Aboriginal Gender Gap
by Dimitrios Panagos and Allison Harell
Social-welfare indicators place Aboriginal women at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder, making them one of the most marginalized groups in Canada (NWA, 2006). A unique combination of colonialism, racism and sexism is the principal cause of Aboriginal women’s marginal status (Green 2001). It should not be surprising that these intersecting forms of oppression have led many Aboriginal women to believe that their interests differ substantially from the interests of non-Aboriginal women (Udel, 2001).
International Women’s Day (IWD) and Human Rights 2014
by Veronica Strong-Boag
International Women’s Day on 8th March should be a key date in the human rights calendar. Its place is hard-won. When Charlotte Bunch, a leading figure in the creation of UN Women (2010), insisted in 1990 that women’s rights are human rights in the Human Rights Quarterly and Edward Broadbent, from the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, served in 1993 as a judge in the Vienna Tribunal on Women’s Human Rights, one half of humanity’s entitlement to fair dealing remained globally contested. That struggle continues.