Judy Haiven on what she learned teaching a two-day workshop on sexual harassment and sexual assault to new RCMP recruits in Regina in the nineties. It didn’t go well…
Earlier today we reported how Equity Watch calls for major structural changes to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission to deal with the many complaints about its fairness and timeliness that have been raised over the years. The press conference and report launch was timed to roughly coincide with the third anniversary of the apologies issued to former firefighter Liane Tessier by the NSHRC and the Halifax Fire Service. This is what Liane said at this morning’s press conference.
News release: Wellness Within, an Organization for Health and Justice, calls for cancellation of Jack the Ripper “game” in Halifax.
Press release from Wellness Within: That the RCMP would charge a victim of gendered violence- a victim who herself survived the massacre through luck, resilience, and persistence- in one of their first public actions in response to the massacre is glaring evidence of the institution’s inability to consider sex and gender in their work.
Judy Haiven: “While many in the mainstream media called Lepine a madman (but interesting, never a terrorist, as they might have done today), Canadian feminists saw that something more sinister and more systemic had happened.”
Press release: It has been almost 8 months since the NS Mass shooting and now NS RCMP sends out this press release which includes a charge against the common-law partner of the gunman. In our opinion the NS RCMP December 4, 2020 press release is like a smoke bomb causing chaos and confusion, a rise in misogyny and victim-blaming.
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.
Media release issued by the NS College of Social Workers: “A trauma-informed restorative approach to grieving means listening to those who grieve. It means hearing what they ask for from their friends, from helping professionals, from supporting organisations and from their government. It means heeding their calls to action.”