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The 3Ds of the Canadian Women's Movement: Delegitimization, Dismantling and Disappearance

Janine Brodie, University of Alberta
Guest Contributor

The struggle for gender equality in Canada is multidimensional and ongoing, despite the increasingly widespread assumption that gender equality has been achieved (SWC 2005) and the assertion that “we are all equal now.”  The Canadian women’s movement (CWM), similar to its counterparts elsewhere, was and continues to be an amalgam of many different streams of political thinking, organization and activism. Although in the 1970s and 1980s the mainstream of the CMW achieved unprecedented access to Canadian governments...

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Global feminist conference calls for community participation

Alison Faulknor, Director of Programs

2011 will be an exciting year for the Ottawa region. The city will play host to a triennial global feminist conference - Women’s Worlds. This distinguished international and interdisciplinary event will bring together hundreds of academics, advocates, researchers, policy-makers, workers, activists and artists of all ages from around the world. In 2011, the conference celebrates its 30th anniversary and is poised to be the largest women’s conference in Canadian history.

The goal of Women’s World is to tackle a wide range of issues including violence against women, health, education, security, sexualities, poverty and the economy and to create an environment where participants from diverse...

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First Nations Higher Education Aspirations in Canada

Tyrone McNeil, President of the First Nations Education Steering Committee, BC
Guest Contributor

2009 marked the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.  This anniversary affords us all an important opportunity to think about the rights of our children in Canada – all of our children, including First Nations children.

In particular, the UN Convention reminds us that all children are entitled to receive an education that will promote their general culture and enable them to develop their abilities, their sense of moral and social...

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Haiti Earthquake: What we can do

A man exits a restaurant after he looked for his belongings. An earthquake rocked Port au Prince on January 12. Photo Marco Dormino/ The United Nations Development Programme on Flickr

One week later, the world has a better understanding of the scope of the earthquake in Haiti and has mobilized to provide much needed help to the local population.  Canadians from all walks of life and from every region are deeply affected by the suffering of the people of Haiti and are donating to support the work of humanitarian organizations.

One of the earthquake’s direct results is the human loss of...

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