Canada’s MMIWG report spurs debate on the shifting definitions of genocide

The final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), which labeled the ongoing violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada a “Canadian genocide” caused by “state actions and actions rooted in colonialism and colonial ideologies”, calls on Canadian society “to address the intersecting settler colonial and hetero-patriarchal wrongs that have led to the injustice of MMIWG,” argues Andrew Woolford, a former president of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and professor of sociology and criminology at the University of Manitoba.

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More than a thousand women condemn sexual misconduct in international aid sector

More than 1,100 women living and working within the international aid sector in 81 countries have signed an open letter demanding that women be “taken seriously by men and decision makers in humanitarian and development organizations”.

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Canada’s international trade agreements should prioritize women’s rights

For the Trudeau government’s ambitious feminist international assistance policy to succeed, Canada’s trade agreements should champion women’s leadership, human rights, and gender equality.

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Quebec’s niqab ban uses women’s bodies to bolster right-wing extremism

Quebec’s recent passage of Bill 62, which bans the wearing of the niqab in Quebec for people seeking access to public services, appeases the political demands of the ultra-right in the province, argues Yasmin Jiwani, a Professor of Communication Studies at Concordia University.

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Rape at universities: One program is proven to reduce it

The Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) Sexual Assault Resistance program, developed by Charlene Senn, a Professor of Psychology at the University of Windsor, empowers women students at universities to defender themselves against rape and other forms of sexual assault.

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Macron and Trudeau shouldn’t be so proud of appointing women to their Cabinets

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron are obviously proud of the fact that they’ve both appointed gender-parity Cabinets. For Malliga Och, an Assistant Professor of Global Studies and Languages at Idaho State University, what’s more important for achieving meaningful gender equity is that women control key political resources.

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Judge Robin Camp to rape complainant: “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?”

The Canadian Judicial Council will soon determine the fate of a judge who admonished a sex assault complainant with “sexist and disrespectful” remarks such as: “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?”

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119 indigenous Papua New Guinea women seek UN intervention against Barrick Gold abuses

In a move that underscores the need for the Canadian government to act on complaints of human rights abuses committed by Canadian corporations operating overseas, 119 indigenous women who were sexually assaulted by security guards employed by Barrick Gold’s Porgera Joint Venture mine in Porgera, Papua New Guinea, are appealing for the United Nations’ intervention.

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