August 23, 2016 - by Morgan Radbourne

Woman using computer“If you don’t come home now and make me lunch, you’ll be in big trouble.”

Imagine getting a message like this from your partner in the middle of your work day. And knowing that the threat is real.

It’s a sad reality for women who are experiencing domestic violence that abuse can carry over into the workplace, threatening their job security and financial independence.

A recent Canadian survey on domestic violence and the workplace conducted by The Canadian Labour Congress and The University of Western Ontario indicated that a third of respondents had experienced domestic violence at some point in their lives. Of those respondents, more than half said domestic violence followed them to work, compromising their safety and job security at least once.

August 16, 2016 - by Naomi Fox - 1 Comments

Woman crossing streetAlthough cat calling and other unwanted sexual or invasive comments are a form of sexual harassment, they are often not treated as seriously as other forms of violence against women. For many women, street harassment is a stressful day-to-day occurrence that begins in childhood.  

It’s common to underestimate the impact of harassment, after all how much could a simple comment really affect someone? The reality is street harassment often results in fear, dehumanization and feelings of powerlessness. Many individuals who have been the target of unwanted comments or touching on the street experience severe and long lasting impacts.

August 11, 2016 - by Shari Graydon

Woman writing in notebookEvery day, they help to shape our world. We nod our heads in agreement, or rage at their stupidity. They move the needle on public opinion, provide a handy pool of experts for radio hosts, inspire armchair pundits—even influence politicians.

Written opinion pieces are a powerful tool. At their best, they bring invisible issues to light, add diverse voices, and allow “regular people” (maybe you!) to have their say.

Most newspapers and many websites welcome submissions that are timely, well-written, and well-reasoned, from people who know what they’re talking about. Women must be an equal part of these discussions.

August 9, 2016 - by Diane Hill
Question markThe theme of our first issue of SHE magazine was "finding our voice", so we invited members of the Canadian Women’s Foundation community to tell us about an outspoken woman who inspired them.

Read their answers, then tell us about a trailblazing woman who inspired you!

 
 
August 3, 2016 - by Jessica Howard - 1 Comments

Michael KimmelWith his contagious sense of humour and optimism, Michael Kimmel aims to engage men in gender equality, making the case that it will benefit men as well as women.

He is the SUNY Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University in New York, and the author of more than 20 books including Manhood in America, Angry White Menand the bestseller Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men.

As keynote speaker at this year’s Canadian Women’s Foundation Breakfasts, Michael will bring his message to Toronto on October 26 and Calgary on October 28.

July 26, 2016 - by Nicole Chammartin

Couple sitting in parkThis post was originally published on the Klinic’s blog.

This evening I am again sitting in on a SERC youth session at Peaceful Village, this time at a south end Winnipeg high school. As I mentioned in a previous post, Peaceful Village offers programming that supports integration and literacy for newcomer families and youth, and our partnership with them is funded by the Canadian Women’s Foundation. To learn more please read my first blog on this partnership, Healthy Relationships Start Young.

This is week 9 of the 12 week session and Bre, one of our Sexuality & Reproductive Health Facilitators, invited me to attend because she is so impressed by the thoughtfulness and exuberance of this unique group. In fact, she tells me, last week one of the students started a discussion on the idealization of masculinity and how it affects male youth–this is clearly a young man after my own heart.  Today we are talking about consent.

July 21, 2016 - by Morgan Radbourne

Dressed in khaki jumpsuits and wielding replica proton packs, a group of Ghostbusters super fans have spent the last decade raising money for various causes.

This year, to celebrate the release of the new Ghostbusters movie and its stacked cast of women, The Ontario Ghostbusters have generously decided to raise funds for The Canadian Women’s Foundation. 

For Brily Lepine, one of the costuming group’s co-presidents, the decision to support women and girls across the country was a no-brainer. Although the film reboot has received hateful and sexist backlash, The Ontario Ghostbusters are committed to using the movie’s momentum to do something good.