Archive for February, 2011

Winnipeg’s amazing Women’s Centres and the CFS are keeping the activism against Justice Dewar’s appalling and sexist decision going.

Head to U of W’s Bulman Centre to continue the discussion about what demands should be made of Judge Dewar,the government that appointed him and the justice system in general.

TUESDAY MARCH 1, 7:00 – 10:00 pm


515 Portage Ave

Winnipeg, MB
To quote a favourite placard from Take Back the Night this year: “My miniskirt does not equal consent!”


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Come together on March 8th in celebration, support and solidarity for the International Women’s Day March!

This year marks the centenary of International Women’s Day. In 100 years, we have come so far but have so far still to go. The recent decision of Justice Dewar demonstrates how pervasive sexism still is. The decision highlights the need for feminists of all ages, genders, orientations, sizes and colours to come together to show our strength and our commitment to fighting inequality in its many forms and manifestations.

So sport your FLF shirt and join us!


March 8, 2011

4:30 – 7:30 pm

4:30 pm: Speakers and chants by the Radical Cheerleaders. 5:30 PM: March. 6:30 PM: Raging Grannies and community feast at the UofW’s Bulman Centre

The march will begin at Union Centre (Smith and Broadway), stop at the Legislature, and then finish at the U of W.

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A shocking sentencing decision from the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench:


Prof. Karen Bubsy has responded to the decision in a Free Press interview:


You can take to the streets and protest this kind of sexism in our legal decision making. A rally has been planned in response to Justice Dewar’s decision.  Its last minute, but its definitely worth the time to express that this kind of decision will not be tolerated.

Justice Dewar: No Means No! Rally
Friday February 25, 12-1pm
Manitoba Law Courts Bldg, 408 York


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The fourth annual Women’s Memorial March Manitoba will be held tonight. Supporters are to gather at All Saints Anglican Church at 175 Colony at 5:30 pm. The march begins at 6. Please wear red or purple in support.

More information:


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Advocate and human rights consultant Céleste McKay has worked extensively in the field of indigenous rights, both nationally and internationally. Her remarks at Thursday’s roundtable were focused on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, with special attention paid to those provisions pertaining to indigenous women (She also brought along pocket-size copies of the Declaration- very handy!).  Céleste called the Declaration an historic achievement for human rights, and said that it is the culmination of decades of work for a large and diverse group of activists. Adopted by the UN in 2007, she noted Canada’s inconsistent attitude toward the Declaration, having supported its development, then opposed its adoption, finally issuing a statement of ‘support’ for it in late 2010 (though, so far, Canada has not officially adopted it).

Céleste highlighted some of the most pressing issues facing indigenous women in Canada and around the world, particularly economic marginalization and the difficulties posed by outdated and racist colonial legislation. Of fundamental importance to fighting the multiple forms of oppression experienced by indigenous women is the understanding that the human rights recognized in the Declaration are indivisible and interdependent. She spoke of the challenge to non-indigenous people to think carefully about the rights of indigenous women, in respect to land rights, rape as a weapon of war and (in Canada particularly) the state of marital and property law for indigenous women.

The roundtable wrapped up with an engaging and lively group discussion, covering a broad range of topics from access to justice and legal education, the role of feminism in indigenous rights, as well as proposed bill C-3 and possible changes to indigenous identity policy.

* Eli Mitchell is a first year law student. She is a frequent contributor to the FLF blog.

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Some political developments with potentially dire consequences for women’s choice are unfolding in the United States. Reproductive rights activists in Canada should carefully follow what’s happening south of us. Its worth it to take a moment and consider funding and access restrictions in Canada, and how an already bad situation could be exacerbated by anti-choice developments in the States.


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Despite politicians steadfastly refusing to discuss the matter, abortion remains an issue in Canada. What many people don’t realize is that abortion is still politically controlled even if not criminalized. Crucially, funding and availability make access to abortion extremely problematic in Canada, even today.

Find out more:


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Hello all,

This announcement comes to us from the International Centre for Students. Please take a moment to scroll through some of the very interesting events they have planned for International Development Week. The talk on Wednesday February 9th is actually specifically geared for law students and is scheduled from 12 -1 (with a question period from 1 – 1:30) to accommodate our lunch time.
Hope to see you out and about at some of these events! Please see the attachments for more details.
Visit us in the University Centre from Monday to Wednesday to see the MCIC Global Citizenship Exhibit, to learn about Fair Trade, and to get info on all the events which are taking place throughout International Development Week. Visit the Engineering Atrium to see Engineers Without Border’s lifesize Shanty Town!

Monday February 7th Ethical Consumerism : Conflict Minerals and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
A talk and a film on one of the most pressing crises of our time.
Place : E3-270 Engineering
Time : 2:30 – 4:30
Presentation by Serge Kaptegaine, founder & president of “Hand in Hand for Peace in the Congo”
Film Screening of The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo

Tuesday February 8th Indebted Development : The Efficacy of Providing Loans to the Poor
A panel discussion on the profit and perils of microfinance, that most popular solution to the problem of poverty.
Place : Graduate Students Association Lounge (217 University Centre)
Time : 1:30 – 3:00
Moderator : Ian Hudson Panellists : Jerry Buckland – John Serieux – Lubna Yeasmin

Wednesday February 9th Who are the Romani? Dispelling “Gypsy” Fantasy, Revealing Marginalized History
A presentation and discussion on the Romani, their place in contemporary Europe and Canada’s role in their persecution
Place : 307 Tier (Conference Room)
Time : 12:00 – 1:30
Presentation by Ronald Lee, founding member, former executive director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Roma Community Center (Toronto)
Presentation by Armando Perla, Researcher for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Wednesday February 9th An Evening of Romani Culture
Join us to celebrate the culture and music of the Romani people through film.
Place : Degrees Diner
Time : 7:00 – 9:00
Music by Ronald Lee
Film Screening of Latcho Drom

Thursday February 8th Good Work or Good Times?
Sustaining and Ethical Dialogue on Global Citizenship
Place : Borger Boardroom E2 (Engineering)
Time : 3:00 – 6:00
Limited seating, RSVP to world_wise@umanitoba.ca

Friday February 11th Who’s Who in International Development
A chance to meet international development folk from both on and off-campus organizations. Mingle, learn about local opportunities, and find out how you can get involved.
Place : Engineering Atrium
Time : 5:00 – 7:00

International Development Week Calendar of Events


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Thanks to Eli Mitchell for the tip on this!

The Current on CBC had a segment on women’s prisons this morning. This is a fantastic follow-up to our November roundtable with Bev Froese (“Women’s Prisons: A Look at Substantive Equality”)

Check it out!


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