Ever wonder why women rarely report sexual assault?
Last week, a group of frosh leaders at St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia came under fire for leading freshman students in a chant encouraging underage rape. These students are from the same province where months earlier, Rehteah Parsons took her own life after being bullied and harassed after her classmates shared pictures of her online taken during her sexual assault.
Yes, victim-blaming is alive and well in Canada.
Over the last few years, we have noticed a shift in the way that our supporters are reaching out to us to learn more about the issues facing women in Canada. While previously, it was through lunches and conversations, more and more, we are getting emails and requests for information that can be shared online, that can be read over morning coffee.
Our focus has always been on raising the voices of women in Canada, whether they be women with personal stories and experiences that they want to share; women working day-to-day in the issues of violence, poverty and empowerment; women whose generous donations are helping to fund programs across the country that are changing Canada and women (and men) who are challenging the status quo with companies, friends and family to change Canada.
When Ndem Nkeng, 29, signed up for the Employment Focus program, all she wanted was a job. Instead, she found a way to transform her childhood dream into a wonderful new career.
It’s so cliché, but when I was three I saw a girl break-dancing in the movie Breakin’. That was it. I said, “When I grow up, I want to be a dancer!”
When I signed up for the program, I had just finished an admin contract at a dance studio. I thought it might get me into dance, but it didn’t. I could learn the routines, but wasn’t allowed to perform. I’d never had formal training and I didn’t fit into the costumes.