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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

BULMAN CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF WINNIPEG

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!

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MARCH: RESPECT, PEACE, LOVE, AND JUSTICE – 100 YEAR’S OF WOMEN’S RESISTANCE

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:

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/rape-victim-inviting-so-no-jail–rape-victim-inviting-so-no-jail-116801578.html

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

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/prof-what-is-the-signal-were-sending-here-116801678.html

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

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=154395251284203

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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:

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/March-for-missing-women-today-at-6-pm-116154924.html

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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.

http://peoplesworld.org/republicans-drop-forcible-rape-but-war-on-women-continues/

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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:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/us-abortion-controversy-a-reminder-issues-persist-north-of-the-border-too/article1898019/

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