Harmful practices inflicted on women or girls can never be justified in the name of freedom of religion or belief
NEW YORK / GENEVA (31 October 2013) – United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, told the UN General Assembly that “harmful practices inflicted on women or girls can [...]
Girls Are Dying From Unsafe Abortions, Why Won’t Canada Help? | Rathika Sitsabaiesan.
In the past three weeks, Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird made repeated statements committing Canada to address the issue of early and forced marriage. His announcements come just days before the release of the United Nations Populations Fund’s (UNFPA) 2013 State [...]
Bank of Canada: Add women from Canadian history to Canadian bank notes.
Gail reminds us about this petition. If you didn’t sign it the first time, please consider doing so now.
When Mark Carney was governor of the Bank of Canada, the Bank decided to remove the images of the first notable Canadian women who [...]
JUDY REBICKphoto courtesy David Smiley
The Humanist Association of Toronto invites you to “An Afternoon with Judy Rebick” Saturday, October 26, 2013, 1:30 – 3:00 pm OISE, 252 Bloor St. west, Room tbd
In honour of her powerful commitment to social justice and equity for all, the Humanist Association of Toronto (HAT) has named [...]
Law Protecting Afghanistan Women Blocked By Conservatives.
Even small gains are being lost….
KABUL, Afghanistan — Conservative religious lawmakers in Afghanistan blocked legislation on Saturday aimed at strengthening provisions for women’s freedoms, arguing that parts of it violate Islamic principles and encourage disobedience.
The fierce opposition highlights how tenuous women’s rights remain a dozen years [...]
IPS – Women’s Rights Still Denied in Latin America | Inter Press Service.
Inequality and injustice underlie day-to-day violence,” Gabriela Delgado, of the human rights programme at the state National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), told IPS. “The bottleneck for women’s struggles is the justice system. This means that structural changes are needed.”
Among the [...]
Pope Francis Supports Crackdown on US Nuns.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Monday that Pope Francis supports the Holy See’s crackdown on the largest umbrella group of U.S. nuns, dimming hopes that a Jesuit pope whose emphasis on the poor mirrored the nuns’ own social outreach would take a different approach than his [...]
The International Issues Discussion Series at Ryerson presents: Gender Equality: the Most Important Struggle on the Planet Our guest will be Stephen Lewis, internationally renowned humanitarian, political figure, diplomat, author, and scholar. Board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, he is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University. Among many accomplishments, he is co-founder [...]
G8 reaches “historic” agreement to end rape as weapon of war – TrustLaw.
LONDON (TrustLaw) – The world’s eight richest nations have reached a historic agreement to work together to end sexual violence in conflicts, Britain’s foreign minister William Hague announced on Thursday.
Hague called the “horrific” use of rape and sexual violence as [...]
The benefits of decriminalizing abortion | rabble.ca.
On January 28, 2013, Canada will celebrate 25 years of reproductive freedom. Since our Supreme Court struck down Canada’s abortion law in 1988, our country’s experience is proof that laws against abortion are unnecessary. A full generation of Canadians has lived without a law and we are better off because of it.
Turning point in India, triumph in Philippines for the rights of women – The China Post.
“….The statistics are horrific. According to government estimates, almost every 20 minutes, a woman is raped in India. In New Delhi, dubbed the “rape capital of India,” the incidence of rape rose from 572 in 2011 to 661 [...]
Dec 6: National Day of Remembrance and Action.
On this day in 1989 fourteen women were murdered at Montreal’s École Polytechnique. Read: Breaking the silence and taking action on violence against women In Quebec, the campaign 12 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is held from November 25 [...]
UN passes first resolution condeming female genital mutilation
UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly on Monday passed its first resolution condemning female genital mutilation, which opponents say more than 140 million women worldwide have had to endure.
Though outlawed in most nations, the measure represents the first time the traditional practice in African [...]
In light of what happened to Savita in Ireland, some of us have been reading up on Catholic ‘Health Care’ in Ontario…
Below is a list of the 29 Catholic health providers in Ontario, and here is a link to their ‘Framework for Ethical Discernment’
It is an interesting, and somewhat disturbing read.
Bullet removed from the brain of 14-year-old activist shot by Taliban in Pakistan .
Relatives say 14-year-old Pakistani peace activist appears to be doing well after three-hour operation
Pakistani surgeons have removed a bullet from the head of Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old schoolgirl and peace activist who was shot by a Taliban gunman on Tuesday.
IPS – Schoolgirls Beat Taliban | Inter Press Service.
Among difficult news, some encouraging gains in Afghanistan for young women.By Ashfaq Yusufzai
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jul 28 2012 (IPS) – Far from fears that female education is on the decline after the Taliban campaign against girls’ schools, female students outclassed their male counterparts in [...]
Rio+20 earth summit: Why Hillary Clinton won applause for statement on women – CSMonitor.com. Piece from the Monitor on the Vatican’s successful move to eliminate ‘reproductive rights’ from the final document. Hillary Clinton vowed the US would ensure ‘those rights are respected.’ By Howard LaFranchi, / June 22, 2012
The United Nations’ global summit on [...]
Women Look for a Place in New Egypt – IPS ipsnews.net
Some interesting background …
CAIRO, Jun 2, 2012 (IPS) – “It was so frustrating but so exciting at the same time,” recalls 15-year-old Mariam Assam, a year-10 student in Cairo. Assam was recalling the days she tried to join protestors during the Egyptian revolution [...]
WorldParliamentarians Seek to Deliver Sexual Rights .
ISTANBUL, May 31, 2012 (IPS) – Lawmakers from 110 countries, representing all continents, pledged here last week to intensify efforts, individually and collectively, aiming to attain the goals on safeguarding people’s rights to sexual health and freedom to determine their reproductive choices. The goals were set at the [...]