Category: Feminism

  • Women Rise Up Against Gender Violence in the Caribbean

    Justin Podur interviews Joan Joy Grant Cummings On March 11, survivors of violence against women and their allies and supporters held marches in six Caribbean countries. Started by two Barbadian women, Ronelle King and Allyson Benn, the movement had the hashtag #LifeInLeggings. In Jamaica, one of the groups marching was the Tambourine Army, a movement of … Keep reading »

  • Militarism: Revolutionary Mothering and Rosie the Riveter

    The women who mobilized the January global protest against Trump are upping the ante with plans for a one-day women’s general strike. They focus on many appalling injustices and on the violence ignored by “lean-in feminism”: “women in the formal labor market, women working in the sphere of social reproduction and care, and unemployed and … Keep reading »

  • Canadian Women Marching in Washington

    Feminist Solidarity in Historical Perspective A friend’s daughter set out on January 19th from Montreal for Washington to join American protests timed to coincide with the inauguration of Donald Trump. She may not know that she is marching in a long Canadian tradition of cross-border feminist solidarity going back to a 1913 suffrage demonstration, also timed … Keep reading »

  • Women Against Trump

    Women’s March on Washington

    The Women’s Movement We Need January 21 is set to be the day of one of the largest protests in recent U.S. history, the Women’s March on Washington. The widely-publicized protest is expected to dwarf the numbers at Trump’s inauguration, as three times more busses are registered for the Women’s March than for the inauguration. These … Keep reading »

  • Women Can’t Wait; Repeal the 8th

    The Politics of Abortion and the Irish National Election Abortion is one of the defining issues of the 2016 national Irish election, yet a vast majority of candidates have declined to give their views on the controversial subject. 331 of the 392 candidates have not declared a position, 33 candidates have stated support for keeping the … Keep reading »

  • Pink Wages and the Colour of Economic Exclusion

    The Politics of Wage-Setting in Ontario The current debate in Ontario over raising the minimum wage offers insights into the politics of wage-setting in the neoliberal era, which is based on the notion that labour markets are gender neutral, colour blind, and that workers and employers meet each other on equal ground. According to this logic, … Keep reading »

  • Protests Erupt in Nova Scotia Following Institutional Failure to Protect Female Teen Assault Victim

    There is anguish and anger across the province of Nova Scotia following the death by suicide of teenager Rehtaeh Parsons on April 7. The 17-year old hanged herself in the family home on April 4. Three days later, her parents consented to removing her from life support. Rehtaeh Parsons death was provoked by institutional failure … Keep reading »

  • La Via Campesina: Food Sovereignty and the Global Feminist Struggle

    Via Campesina is the world’s foremost international movement of small farmers. It promotes the right of all peoples to food sovereignty. Via Campesina was established in 1993 at the dawn of the anti-globalization movement, and gradually became one of the major organizations in the critique of neoliberal globalization. Its ascent is an expression of peasant … Keep reading »

  • Women’s Day

    International Women’s Day March 8, 2010 This year marks the celebrating of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day (IWD). International Women’s Day was proclaimed at the meeting of the Second International of socialist parties in Copenhagen in 1910, following on years of campaigning by women in the labour and socialist movements for equality. It … Keep reading »

  • The Harper Government: Toward A New Social Order?

    The election of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government on January 23, 2006 has significantly shifted the terms of the social policy debate ni Canada. While in some respects the Harper government represents a continuation of the market-based neoliberal trajectory that has been set over the last 20 some years, in other respects it represents a turn … Keep reading »