Author: Bahar Shadpour
Bahar Shadpour was formerly Public Relations and Online Engagement Manager at the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Passionate about women’s rights, human rights and creating awareness about issues affecting marginalized members of society. If I’m not reading a book at home, I’m probably outdoors playing sports or discovering nature’s beauty.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was this week, which kicked off 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. The last day will end on December 10th with the International Human Rights Day. Check out the Canadian government’s website to learn more and how you can take action to end violence against women.
If you want to share resources with your friends and family, check out The Facts About Violence against Women in Canada and Tips for parents to help their teens develop skills they need to create healthy relationships.
This week we released our new study on the impact of youth mentorship on helping to build confidence in Canadian women. This study shows that having a positive mentor who offers non-judgemental support and helps identify unique strengths in a girl is key to building their confidence as they grow up.
Girls are pressured to pay more attention to their outward appearance, and to have less confidence in their ability to do well in ‘male dominated’ sectors like computer science and engineering.
This week we read two studies by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – one on the progress of gender equality in Canada and the other on the real cost of child care in Canada’s big cities.
Women of colour are speaking out against racism and sexism within the workplace, legal system and society at large while a powerful read explains the ongoing ignorance for Aboriginal women’s lives in Canada.
This week the news about Jian Ghomeshi dominated media coverage and public discourse. We witnessed many instances of victim-blaming while as the week unfolded we witnessed what seems to be a raised level of public awareness about consent and the realities faced by sexual assault survivors.
Yet, during this time many forget the impact such public discourse and media coverage has on survivors of sexual and physical assault across the country.