News - Women

November 17, 2010
Sharon McIvor will file a complaint against Canada at the United Nations. She says, "Canada continues to discriminate against Aboriginal women and their descendants in the determination of...
Keywords: Human Rights, Indigenous, Women, All of Canada, International
August 17, 2010
In the town at the heart of the oil sands, the women's transition house is struggling to house women fleeing abuse. This year the transition house was forced to turn over 400 women and their children...
Keywords: Alberta, Violence, Women
June 4, 2010
Ontarians from racialized backgrounds are far more likely to live in poverty, face barriers to finding a job, and receive less pay for work, says a study of Census data by the Canadian Centre for...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Poverty Research, Women, Manitoba
December 3, 2009
Megaphone magazine has run a feature carrying the voices and stories of some DEWC Power of Women members. Titled "Our Lives, Our Voices: Downtown Eastside women find healing through narrative", seven...
Keywords: Women, British Columbia
September 14, 2009
A new report from CCPA shows that Canada still has shockingly high rates of women's poverty and that the recession has sidelined government polices to address women’s poverty. Women tend to be among...
Keywords: Poverty Research, Women, All of Canada
March 30, 2009
A couple of reports have looked at the links between income, women, and childcare in Canada. Stats Canada just released a report that shows that a sizeable earnings gap exists between Canadian women...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Family, Women, All of Canada
October 27, 2008
Twenty-five years ago, Canada was among the first countries to sign the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) treaty. The Canadian Feminist...
Keywords: Women, All of Canada, International
October 5, 2008
Indigenous women's organizations are calling on all candidates in the upcoming federal election to stop the violence against indigenous women and children and to uphold and promote the rights of all...
Keywords: Indigenous, Women, All of Canada
September 8, 2008
Battered Women's Support Services (BWSS) Immigrant Women Engagement in the Legal System project has released their first report, Engaging Immigrant Women In The Legal System-Community Engagement...
Keywords: Immigrants and Refugees, Legal Research, LGBTQ, Violence, Women, British Columbia
June 28, 2008
In memory of all the missing and murdered women and children, aboriginal women are walking from Victoria, BC to Ottawa from June to September 2008. Gladys Radek, who lost a niece to the Highway of...
Keywords: Indigenous, Women, British Columbia, All of Canada
January 24, 2008
During the Governor General's tour of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside yesterday, women and residents blocked a local city councillor, Elizabeth Ball from entering the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre,...
Keywords: Homelessness, Women, British Columbia
January 2, 2008
The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women has a new fact sheet, Women’s experiences of social programs for people with low incomes (in PDF). This fact sheet weaves together the...
Keywords: Ethnicity and Race, Indigenous, Welfare, Women, All of Canada
October 15, 2007
Shelagh Day and Gwen Brodsky have authored a study entitled: Women and the Canada Social Transfer: Securing the Social Union (in PDF). The report explains how social assistance and legal aid have...
Keywords: Legal Aid, Welfare, Women, All of Canada
August 7, 2007
In July, women in the Downtown Eastside challenged Vancouver City council members to a House Swap. In a (Link removed - No longer exists) letter, the Power to Women group challenged the councillors...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Women, British Columbia
August 1, 2007
The BC Government has been hosting want they call a Conversation on Health (Link removed - No longer exists) with the residents of BC. In response, a coalition of community groups called the Women's...
Keywords: Health, Women, British Columbia
June 26, 2007
Last week, at the National Aboriginal Women's Summit, the Minister for Heritage and the Status of Women announced five years of funding to build and support women's shelters on reserves. According to...
Keywords: Indigenous, Violence, Women, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon, All of Canada
June 5, 2007
On Sunday June 3rd, hundreds of women, trans people and their allies marched through the streets of Toronto to a vacant building. Four Women Against Poverty Collective members had already entered the...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Women, Ontario
February 18, 2007
This year's Nobel Peace Price went to the founder of the microcredit bank, Muhammad Yunus. An article in The Dominion newspaper, "Microcredit and Women's Poverty" critiques microcredit for not doing...
Keywords: Debt and Consumer Law, Women, International
February 18, 2007
Across the country there are two projects involving low income women taking photographs of their lives. In Saskatchewan a group of First Nations women are photographing what they see everyday as part...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Indigenous, Women, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan
January 7, 2007
A number of websites have sprouted up to protest the Conservative cuts to the Status of Women Canada. The cuts will also end funding to women's organizations that do lobbying, advocacy or research on...
Keywords: Organizing, Women, All of Canada
January 7, 2007
In November, women who use the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (DEWC) asked the centre to be remain open after regular hours and act as a shelter for homeless women. With the help of volunteers, the...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Indigenous, Organizing, Women, British Columbia
September 17, 2006
A book of life stories of seven women who have triumphed over addiction, poverty, and illness in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside has won the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in BC. George Ryga...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Women, British Columbia
September 17, 2006
Pivot's report, Beyond Decriminalization: Sex Work, Human Rights and a New Framework for Law Reform presents the results of two years of research and in depth discussions with eighty-four sex workers...
Keywords: Human Rights, Legal Research, Women, Workers' Rights, All of Canada
July 14, 2006
PhotoVoice is a participatory action research method pioneered by Carolyn Wang. PhotoVoice is a process that enables community members to produce photographs to document their experiences. The...
Keywords: Art and Culture, Women, All of Canada
July 7, 2006
The Status of Women Action Group's (SWAG) Women's Economic Justice Report documents over forty interviews held with women between September 2005 and April 2006 to discuss how women would benefit from...
Keywords: Welfare, Women, British Columbia
July 7, 2006
A women's activist group in Regina has been trying to get a transition housing shelter for women established. The director of this group says that although Regina does have some battered women's...
Keywords: Housing, Women, Saskatchewan
June 8, 2006
Two new reports from the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre, Every Woman’s Centre, Sydney and the Pictou County Women’s Centre in Nova Scotia have been released. Struggling to Survive: Women on...
Keywords: Welfare, Women, Nova Scotia
February 11, 2006
The lack of resources to help Nunavut's homeless, in particular its homeless women, has driven a homeless woman to organize a protest. She hopes to inform both government and the public about the...
Keywords: Homelessness, Women, Nunavut
November 8, 2005
19 Canadian NGOs attended the 5th review of Canada's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in Geneva by the United Nations Human Rights Committee and made...
Keywords: Women, All of Canada
October 3, 2005
The concept of gender equality recognizes that treating women and men identically will not ensure equality because they experience different social relations and living conditions. This concept also...
Keywords: Women, All of Canada
October 3, 2005
The federal government's current budgetary process is leaving women behind. A new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International...
Keywords: Government Policy, Women, All of Canada
September 5, 2005
"A newborn child, just because she happens to be born female, is more likely to grow up to be poor as an adult. Women form the majority of the poor in Canada. One in seven (2.4 million ) Canadian...
Keywords: Women, All of Canada
June 30, 2005
WE*ACT has put together a position paper on senior women living in poverty called: Pensions in Canada: Policy Reform because Woman Matter (in PDF). The Vancouver City Council recently voted to add...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, Women, All of Canada
June 30, 2005
Justice for Girls, a Vancouver-based advocacy group for girls in poverty, released preliminary results from a multi-year study on girls’ experiences in prisons in Western Canada entitled Locking Them...
Keywords: Children and Youth, Prisoners' Rights, Women, British Columbia
May 22, 2005
Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) is an organization established by a group of women with disabilities who felt that their needs and concerns were not being acknowledged or addressed within...
Keywords: Disability, Women, International
May 22, 2005
The BC Coalition of Women's Centres, the UBC Centre for Research in Women's Studies and Gender Studies have released a report called Losing Ground: the Effects of Government Cutbacks on Women in...
Keywords: Women, British Columbia
May 22, 2005
BC Centre for Women's Health (BCCWH) has many online resources on aboriginal health, health care reform, women and addictions, women with disabilities, lesbian health and many more. Check out the...
Keywords: Health, Women, British Columbia
May 22, 2005
Vancouver Status of Women (VSW) has completed the Second Edition of the Welfare Resource Guide for Women. This guide provides general information to women and single mothers about BC's welfare system...
Keywords: Welfare, Women, British Columbia
April 28, 2005
Four constitutional and human rights experts are issuing a report today that condemns the government of British Columbia for its treatment of single mothers on social assistance. Shelagh Day, Margot...
Keywords: Women, British Columbia
March 10, 2005
In 1999, Senior Summit, a British Columbia wide gathering of seniors in Vancouver lead to a group of women to form a working group to learn about inequalities in pension for women. From that working...
Keywords: Seniors and Elders, Women, All of Canada