News - Women

May 29, 2015
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has found two women from Mexico working under the Temporary Foreign Worker program faced sexual harassment and discrimination in their workplace. One complainant...
Keywords: Women, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
February 4, 2015
The 2015 women's memorial march will take place in many communities across Canada and in the United States on February 14. The first women’s memorial march was held in 1991 in response to the murder...
Keywords: Indigenous, Organizing, Violence, Women, British Columbia, All of Canada, United States
January 13, 2015
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has just released a report that investigates Canada’s response to missing and murdered indigenous women in British Columbia. The IACHR report...
Keywords: Government Policy, Human Rights, Indigenous, Violence, Women, British Columbia, All of Canada, International
May 9, 2014
Governor General David Johnston bestowed Order of Canada honours on Shelagh Day on Wednesday for her contributions as an advocate and legal scholar, particularly women’s rights issues in Canada....
Keywords: Women, All of Canada
May 8, 2014
The Federal Court of Appeal ruled last week that Canadian employers must try to accommodate parents juggling work with child-care obligations. The judges found that the Canada Border Services Agency...
Keywords: Family, Human Rights, Women, All of Canada
May 6, 2014
There has been a recent streak of deadly domestic violence in British Columbia. Women's advocates are calling for greater access to legal aid as some women fear the loss of their children in a court...
Keywords: Violence, Welfare, Women, British Columbia
May 2, 2014
Cuts to legal aid in B.C. have created barriers for women fleeing domestic violence, and abusive partners able to use the legal system to continue harassment. There is currently a 25-hour funding cap...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Violence, Women, British Columbia
April 24, 2014
West Coast LEAF has proposed an amendment to BC's Residential Tenancy Act (the RTA) to ensure that victims of violence are able to end their fixed-term tenancies without penalty in order to escape...
Keywords: Housing, Violence, Women, British Columbia
April 16, 2014
Last week, the Fredericton Morgentaler clinic announced that it would be closing its doors in July due to a lack of funding from the New Brunswick government. New Brunswick is the only province in...
Keywords: Women, New Brunswick
April 15, 2014
In honour of the first Equal Pay Day in Ontario (Wednesday April 16th), PovNet has collected some news articles and resources for you to read. The gender pay gap has become normalized. Critics often...
Keywords: Unemployment, Women, All of Canada
April 14, 2014
A single mother with one child receives $945 a month in income assistance or $1,242 in disability assistance. If she receives any child-support money from an ex-partner, the government reduces her...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Disability, Women, British Columbia
March 25, 2014
The Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses today released their first pan Canadian annual survey SHELTER VOICES on the state of emergency shelters in Canada. The survey shows...
Keywords: Housing, Women, All of Canada
March 24, 2014
A photography exhibit opened Thursday night at Charlottetown's Confederation Centre of the Arts, featuring photographs by women living near or below the poverty line. The photos are accompanied by...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Women, Prince Edward Island
March 10, 2014
West Coast LEAF has proposed two ways to address a critical lack of family law services in British Columbia. The first recommendation is a pilot project with lawyers working in community agencies so...
Keywords: Family, Legal Aid, Legal Assistance, Women, British Columbia
March 7, 2014
There are several important articles and websites PovNet would like to share with you on International Women's Day. The first is the "He to She" campaign, a UN Women Campaign that asks men to raise...
Keywords: Women, All of Canada, International
February 17, 2014
Bonnie Sherr Klein is a documentary filmmaker and long-time activist in the feminist and disability movements. In this lecture at UBC Law (the 2014 Marlee Kline Lecture in Social Justice) she shares...
Keywords: Disability, Women, British Columbia, All of Canada
February 4, 2014
Representatives of the Cambridge and North Dumfries Social Planning Council provided Cambridge city council with its annual Community Trends Report. At Meals on Wheels the number of subsidized...
Keywords: Foodbanks and Food, Homelessness, Seniors and Elders, Women, Ontario
December 20, 2013
The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down the Criminal Code provisions relating to prostitution including living off avails of prostitution, operating a bawdy house, and communicating in public for...
Keywords: Women, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
October 3, 2013
For the last year, the Older Women’s Dialogue Project has been exploring the pressing law and social policy issues impacting older women and what they can do to address these barriers to improve the...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, Women, British Columbia
September 26, 2013
Two grassroots organizations, No More Silence and Families of Sisters in Spirit, are launching a community-based database of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, compiled by the victims’...
Keywords: Indigenous, Women, All of Canada
July 8, 2013
CBC has a multimedia site on prison and indigenous women called, Warehousing Indigenous Women. Currently, indigenous women are the fastest growing prison population and account for 31.9 per cent of...
Keywords: Indigenous, Prisoners' Rights, Women, All of Canada
October 3, 2012
This study on the Homeless Hub builds upon the findings of several recent participatory projects in Canada which women facing homelessness have taken the lead and voiced their knowledge about the...
Keywords: Homelessness, Women, All of Canada
July 18, 2012
A new website focused on family law in Nova Scotia has recently launched. Nova Scotia Family Law website aims to meet the needs of families and professional stakeholders involved with family justice...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Legal Aid, Legal Assistance, Women, Nova Scotia
May 4, 2012
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) has just issued its first decision on a complaint against Canada under the Optional Protocol to the Convention on...
Keywords: Human Rights, Indigenous, Violence, Women, Northwest Territories, All of Canada
March 27, 2012
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) will appear today before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in...
Keywords: Indigenous, Violence, Women, British Columbia, International
March 26, 2012
Women sleep on the streets of our major cities, a virtual guarantee of experiencing sexual assault. Women trade survival sex with men for a place to crash for the night. Teenage girls, fleeing sexual...
Keywords: Homelessness, Women, All of Canada
October 17, 2011
Since 1993, today has been recognized by the United Nations, and its members around the world, as International day for the eradication of poverty 2011. Today, October 17, 2011, the United Nations...
Keywords: Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, Human Rights, Unemployment, Welfare, Women, Workers' Rights, International
October 13, 2011
"It is shameful that in our wealthy province we no longer have resources available which would give real help to parties in this situation," wrote B.C. Supreme Court Justice Loryl Russell in a...
Keywords: Family, Legal Aid, Women, British Columbia
October 7, 2011
Each played an important role in recent political conflicts of very different natures, but all three winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 have campaigned for greater equality for women, and...
Keywords: Government Policy, Human Rights, Women, International
October 3, 2011
On the heels of Pivot's recent announcement that they will not be participating in the Missing Women's Inquiry, two more groups have withdrawn. The Women's Memorial March Committee and the Downtown...
Keywords: Human Rights, Indigenous, Violence, Women, British Columbia
September 19, 2011
In its fifth year, the large turnout for the annual DTES Women's Housing March shows that the movement pushing for better access to safe and affordable housing for women in the neighbourhood, is not...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Indigenous, Tenants' Rights, Violence, Women, British Columbia
August 11, 2011
100 Mile House & District Women's Centre has received funding from the Legal Services Society to provide a range of legal services in the 100 Mile House area. More details area available in this...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Tenants' Rights, Welfare, Women, Workers' Rights, British Columbia
August 10, 2011
Downtown Eastside Women's Centre has a extended their night shelter service, and anticipates BC Housing will soon be accepting tenders to run a 24-hour women's shelter in the Downtown Eastside. The...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Women, British Columbia
August 5, 2011
Justice Education Society of BC and We Can BC have launched a program aiming to end violence against women and girls. They're looking for students to join their 'Youth Against Violence Team.' The...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Violence, Women, British Columbia
August 3, 2011
The B.C. Missing Women Inquiry will examine the question of why it took so long to investigate and apprehend convicted murderer Robert Pickton. The Attorney General for B.C., Barry Penner, has denied...
Keywords: Human Rights, Indigenous, Violence, Women, British Columbia
June 27, 2011
For the last month, members of the Downtown Eastside Power of Women group have been sharing their stories about hope, struggle, love and resistance in the Downtown Eastside on the Vancouver Media...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Indigenous, Women, British Columbia
June 9, 2011
The Downtown Eastside Power of Women Group will publishing stories collected from their "In Our Own Voices" project throughout the month of June. Check their website for a new story every Monday,...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Women, British Columbia
June 3, 2011
The Downtown Eastside Power of Women Group is launching the In Our Own Voices writing project in June 2011. After a six-week period of intensive writing, we are ready to share our stories about hope...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Indigenous, Women, British Columbia
April 12, 2011
A article in rabble.ca talks about the amazing work of the Power of Women (POW) group in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. POW is "a group of women who live in a neighbourhood where residents face a...
Keywords: Indigenous, Organizing, Women, British Columbia
November 18, 2010
Mary-Ellen Proctor, the executive director of Fort McMurry's only women's shelter, started a hunger strike to push the government to fund more beds for women fleeing abuse in the oil field town. More...
Keywords: Alberta, Violence, Women