Author: Sarah Barker
Sarah Barker, was the former Director of Digital and PR at the Canadian Women’s Foundation. Passionate about achieving women’s equality and raising awareness about the issues facing women and girls in Canada. Also passionate about her dog and planning to survive the impending zombie apocalypse.
This week we were appalled by the story of a 16 year old girl named Jada whose sexual assault went viral on social media and yet hopeful as the online community have stood up with her in solidarity.
Read a great article about the defintion of rape and why we need to further educate the public on what rape and sexual assault really mean.
We are seeing more campaigns aiming to empower girls such as the #LikeAGirl campaign by Always, the rape awareness posters using Disney princesses and the new girl centred movie from Pixar.
An article by Jessica Valenti tries to define the meaning of the word slut and another insightful article debunks the myth of ‘the perfect victim’.
This week FIFA World Cup began with much excitement. Yet one article accurately calls out the many ways the media perpetuates gender stereotypes during this global soccer event. In light of many attention calls to increased human trafficking in Brazil during the games, in Ontario a new study reveals shocking facts about human trafficking right here at home.
Two commercials got our attention this week; one that hilariously captures awkwardness of puberty and the other calling out women for saying ‘sorry’ too often.
Monique Bateman is Senior Vice President, Prairie Region, for TD Canada Trust, where she leads a team of more than 4,000 employees in 205 branches in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories. She is a member of the Corporate Advisory Cabinet at the Canadian Women's Foundation, a regular speaker on women in leadership and Chair of TD's Aboriginal Employee Subcommittee. Monique credits her Métis heritage with instilling in her the importance of values and traditions that have helped her succeed in her career.