This Week in Feminist News: International Women's Day

  • This week we were thrilled when we were invited to speak on a feminist panel to celebrate International Women's Day on CTV's national show Your Morning. However, after asking a few questions, we quickly learned they were looking for an anti-feminists vs. feminists debate to spur ratings. Not only that, but the two women confirmed to appear on the panel were affiliated with hateful MRA groups. As a result, we decided to decline and sent a strongly worded response (below) to the producer. It is our understanding that they cancelled the segment as a result of feedback from feminists. Later on, we heard on an episode of Canadaland that prominent Toronto writer Septembre Anderson was also asked to be on the panel. We've reached out to her to discuss the incident, so stay tuned for our conversation on an upcoming podcast episode. 
Our response to Your Morning when they requested we be on a panel with MRAs.

Our response to Your Morning when they requested we be on a panel with MRAs.

  • For International Women's Day, women around the world organized and celebrated in several ways, including striking for the day or wearing red in solidarity with A Day Without a Woman. (The Guardian)
  • Also on IWD, investment group State Street Global Advisors debuted their statue Fearless Girl, who faces down the iconic Charging Bull on Wall St. in New York City. The statue is seen as a symbol of hope for the advancement of women in the workplace. Unfortunately, rape culture persists and this weekend, photos of a man humping the statue (which depicts a roughly 6-year-old girl) went viral. (Toronto Star, Mic)  
Photo credit: Mark Lennihan

Photo credit: Mark Lennihan

  • Back in Canada, 338 women took over the House of Commons for the day, as organized by Equal Voice Canada. The organization works to encourage and enable women to enter politics. The women represent each of Canada's federal ridings and were chosen from 1,500 candidates. The delegates were diverse, smart and driven, and a quarter of them were Indigenous women. (Flare) 
Photo credit: Equal Voice Canada 

Photo credit: Equal Voice Canada 

  • Also this week, Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak thought it would be a good idea to defend the residential school system that tore apart families and contributed to generations of trauma in Indigenous communities. Beyak, who is a member of the Senate committee of Aboriginal Peoples, took a moment to recognize the "good deeds" of those who ran the residential school system, despite the very different findings from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. After a six year study, the Commission found that children who were a part of the residential school system suffered physical, sexual and mental abuse, and 6,000 of those children died from malnourishment or disease. (Toronto Star) 
  • In a historic move, Iceland became the first country in the world to require all private and public organizations with more than 25 staff to prove they offer equal pay regardless of gender. (The Globe & Mail)
  • Former Justice Robin Camp has resigned from the bench following the Canadian Judicial Council'S (CJC) ruling that Camp "showed obvious disdain for some of the characteristics of the regime enacted by Parliament in respect of sexual assault issues." While presiding over a rape case in 2014, Camp asked the victim why she couldn't "keep her knees together" and continuously called her the "defendant". (CBC) 
  • Following up on last week's post, the crown has appealed the verdict in the rape case against Bassam Al-Rawi in which the presiding Judge Gregory Lenehan said "a drunk can consent." The appeal is based on at least six grounds, all on the issue of consent. (CBC
  • We tried to end the week on a high note with Friday's 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Our latest episode of Underwire pays tribute to the feminist hero, discussing the impact Buffy had, good and bad, while also acknowledging several other more diverse and intersectional She-roes. 

Keep slaying, feminists. 

Love,

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