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#1167 Laura Bates wants Everyday Sexism to stop

By Cathryn Wellner / November 21, 2014

Karen was cornered by three drunken men in a train station. Sarah’s work colleagues told her she should be a stripper because she has big boobs. Aoife’s best friend told her family she had news. They assumed she was pregnant, but she had been offered a job in a law firm. A man on paternity […]

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#1090 They stand firm against the terror of Muslim fundamentalism

By Cathryn Wellner / August 15, 2014

Karima Bennoune, professor of international law at the University of California-Davis School of Law, is telling the stories of women and men risking their lives to counter right-wing fundamentalistm. She asks us to do the same. Always in her mind is the bravery of her father. In the 1990s the University of Algiers professor faced […]

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#816 Bravery behind the veil

By Cathryn Wellner / October 10, 2013

Many times in my life I have been irritated by misogyny. I hated the gauntlet high school boys put us through, sitting on the hall floor, commenting on us as we walked by. I was furious with the high school counselor who refused to help me find scholarships because, though I was a straight-A student, […]

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#689 Angel Streets pay tribute

By Cathryn Wellner / June 5, 2013

Statistics vary, but one thing is indisputable. Indigenous women in Canada are far more likely to be victims of violence than are non-indigenous women. The Angel Street Domestic Violence Education Project is trying to change that. The project was started by Elisapee Sheutiapik of Nunavut, where family violence rates are highest in Canada. She understood […]

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#685 Teen shows power of intention

By Cathryn Wellner / June 1, 2013

What can one teen do in the face of a major social issue, in this case the need for more teachers, training, supplies and schools for women in Afghanistan? As it turns out, quite a lot, at least if that teen is Alaina Podmorow of Kelowna, British Columbia. In 2006 Padmorow listened to Sally Armstrong’s […]

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#682 Guys in pink helmets

By Cathryn Wellner / May 29, 2013

If you see young men and women wearing pink t-shirts in Ecuador and if they are spreading a message about “Neomasculinos”, they are likely members of Cascos Rosa (Pink Helmets). The network of Ecuadorian youth formed to struggle against the harmful aspects of machismo and to promote a new, more egalitarian way of relating. Their […]

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#668 Proud to vote

By Cathryn Wellner / May 15, 2013

The year my mother was born, 1917, American women did not have the right to vote. Three years later her mother cast her ballot in tiny Inman, Nebraska. On March 14, 2013 I voted in British Columbia’s provincial election because of the mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers who fought for my right to do so. I […]

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#660 Gender equality in Marivan, Iran

By Cathryn Wellner / May 7, 2013

A court in Marivan, Iran punished a man by parading him through the streets in traditional Kurdish women’s clothing. They could think of no greater humiliation. I do not know what crime landed the man in court, but his punishment galvanized protest. Journalist Saman Rasoulpour told Gay Star News that Iranian courts often use public […]

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