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Must Reads for the Week of October 10!

Newspaper Every day, we share articles, blog posts, images and videos that we find interesting with our followers on Twitter and Facebook. These articles speak to issues of violence against women, sexual assault, rape culture and online harassment. They speak to issues of poverty and how society can help women succeed in business. They speak to issues around empowering girls, teaching them media literacy and critical thinking skills and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. Most importantly, these articles help educate our supporters about issues that are being talked about online and offline.

Each week, we will be taking the Top 10 (or so) articles, blog posts, images and videos that were shared online that we think YOU will want to know about.  We’ll be sharing these stories and links on the blog, in our weekly Must Reads. If you have a suggestion for an article you think we missed, leave us a comment and share the link!

  1. HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to author Alice Munro, who has won the Nobel Literacy Prize. She is the first Canadian woman and only the 13th female to ever win the award. Definitely something that all Canadian women are celebrating.
  2. Our Violence Prevention team was in Montreal last week for a conference hosted with McGill on Consenting Sexualities: Teens, Social Media and Anti-Violence Activism. Check it out by searching twitter for #teenconsent to read some of the incredible tweets sent from the conference.
  3. The Globe and Mail wrote a great piece about how Canada’s sexual assault laws are harming victims more than helping them. The author also sat down for a great interview to talk about what he sees as the reasons why these laws are failing women and possible solutions. Brenda Cossman, professor of law at the University of Toronto wrote in with an OpEd about how laws alone will not change the culture and perceptions around sexual assault.
  4. The Wellesley Institute released a report on who is making minimum wage in Ontario and no surprise to us, women are featured heavily as minimum wage earners. This is especially relevant given that the Ontario government is conducting an advisory panel for advice on setting a new minimum wage for Ontario to help with poverty reduction.
  5. On October 4, Canadians gathered together to honour our missing and murdered Aboriginal sisters, during national Sisters in Spirit vigils. The CBC has some great images from events held across the country. In a speech at one of the events, National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations Shawn Atleo called the issue a “grave human rights crisis”, something we have echoed in our calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women. If you have not taken the time to sign the petition at NWAC demanding an inquiry, please consider doing so now. Note: It is a print petition that they are asking people to sign and mail in, so that they can present the papers to our current federal government.

  6. The Toronto Star did a brilliant investigative piece into human trafficking in Toronto, including interviews with police, service workers and stories of girls who are being trafficked for sex.

  7. The issue of encouraging girls to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) has been a hot topic this week. There was a great video posted (based out of the US) with interviews with women who are currently studying STEM and have words of encouragement for girls. The Huffington Post also had a great piece about how mainstream media, such as through the new film Gravity starting Sandra Bullock can be a huge inspiration.

  8. With International Day of the Girl being tomorrow, CBC has a great piece about how to talk to your kids about sexualisation in the media, with young stars such as Miley Cyrus being a focus in many children's lives.

  9. Stephanie Guthrie, an online feminist and recent panelist at our McGill teen consent conference, recently spoke at TEDxTalks Toronto about her experience raising issues of equality and women’s rights online and why she doesn’t agree with the mantra “Don’t feed the trolls” when talking about others online who threaten, harass and bully. 

  10. An incredible 8-year old was recently in her local bookstore and came across some books she thought were sexist. And she spoke up and got the books pulled

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