Why are neither Minister for Women and Gender Equality Maryam Monsef nor Nova Scotia Minister for the Status of Women Kelly Regan willing to consider making a feminist analysis part and parcel of the public inquiry into April’s mass shooting?
Misogyny is systemic within mainstream Nova Scotia and Canadian culture and agencies. To prevent male violence against women awareness interventions about socialized and normalized human inequality of women and girls needs to be spoken out loud, just like Canadians talk about the weather.
Press release: As feminists we insist there will be a gaping hole in the inquiry on future prevention unless components of a feminist analysis are included in the mandate of the inquiry.
Judy Haiven: “When virtually all the relatives and friends of the 22 deceased demand answers only a full public inquiry can discover, it’s time, it’s time for Nova Scotia’s premier Stephen McNeil and Bill Blair, the federal minister of public safety, to admit they made a mistake.”
“For us feminism is not a ‘dirty’ word. For others the word seems to be scary or spells “danger.” Our call for a feminist analysis was ignored by federal and provincial governmental departments during their deliberations on how to address the mass shooting atrocities of a man whose actions or behaviours can only be described as evil.” Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald on what the scary word is all about.
John McCracken takes a look at the feedback on the federal/provincial announcement that there will be a review rather than a public inquiry on April’s mass shooting. “The good people of Nova Scotia, as it turns out, can smell a cover up from a mile away,” he concludes.
Open letter: Ten Liberal Members of Parliament were elected in this province of Nova Scotia, all signed this statement alleging there is a “feminists analysis” in the review process for the NS mass shooting. There is no evidence to back your statement.
Statement by Nova Scotia Feminists Fighting Femicide: “As feminists we are infuriated with this “father knows best” patronizing process of proceeding with a review versus an inquiry.”
Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald on why the inquiry into the mass shooting requires a feminist analysis that considers femicidal violence as distinct from homicidal violence.
How to describe the mass shooter’s behaviour? This question takes us back to 1993, the year we came face-to-face with the knowledge that there are those who live, work, and play among us, even in Nova Scotia, whose behaviours must be described as actions of human evil, write Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald.