Four years later...

November 4, 2016 | Times & Transcript

In response to her 'Because You are a Girl' blog -  four years later Strong Girl Strong World council member Aaliyah shares the following piece:  Four years later and I’ve managed to heighten my amount of passion for social justice issues and girl’s rights to education.  Yet I can still remember my young eyes loo ...

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Because You Are a Girl

October 12, 2016 | Times & Transcript

   If you know me you know I am a very determined girl! One of the things that are SO dear to my heart is my Family. My parents came to ...

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Court ban serves neither victim nor society in ‘high profile case’

November 20, 2014 | Times & Transcript

Last April, a young woman in Nova Scotia died three days after her family found her hanging in a bathroom in a suicide attempt.…

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Trying to tackle the Jian Ghomeshi topic

November 6, 2014 | Times & Transcript

It was difficult to even begin to think about how to write this week’s column. It was a foregone conclusion that I’d be covering the allegations of sexual violence that have emerged against CBC radio darling Jian Ghomeshi, as well as the way that the nation has responded to said allegations. But how would I tackle the topic? What small fraction of the massive, tangled issue of sexual ...

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‘Repurposing’ work of Canada’s Famous Five for modern times

October 23, 2014 | Times & Transcript

This past Saturday, Canadians celebrated Persons Day, an annual commemoration of the 1929 Persons Case that was heard before the Committee of the Imperial Privy Council (Canada’s court of last resort at that time; the equivalent of our modern day Supreme Court) and resulted in the ruling that determined that women are indeed persons under the law. On Monday, Governor General’s Awards ...

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YWCA Week Without Violence is a global event with a local focus

October 10, 2014 | Times & Transcript

On Monday, YWCAs around the globe will be kicking off Week Without Violence, an annual World YWCA initiative that challenges communities to work toward being violence-free. While Week With Violence is a World YWCA event, the initiative is all about local execution and community context. Rather than having a mandated universal theme or focus handed down from a head office, community-based YWCAs (l ...

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YWCA Moncton Partners With Community to Reduce, Prevent, & Eliminate Gender-Based Violence

October 9, 2014 | Times & Transcript

Moncton, N.B., Oct. 9th, 2014 — From October 13th to 19th, YWCA Moncton will be partnering with a number of local and national organizations to present Week Without Violence. Week Without Violence is a global YWCA anti-violence initiative that takes place annually during the 3rd week in October. Local Week Without Violence events kick off on October 14th with a safety audit led by young wom ...

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Online bullies end up working against their anti-feminist agenda

September 25, 2014 | Times & Transcript

Last Saturday British actress Emma Watson, who is best known as Hermione Granger in the film adaptations of the Harry Potter novels, launched a United Nations campaign that aims to engage men in the effort to eliminate the ongoing gender-based inequality women face around the world. To launch this initiative, called He for She, Ms. Watson delivered an impassioned speech at the United Nations in N ...

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Local Men in Heels for a Good Cause: 
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes ® 2014 to Support YWCA Moncton

September 12, 2014 | Times & Transcript

MONCTON, N.B. – YWCA Moncton is proud to announce the 7th annual Investors Group Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® on October 17th, 2014 in Moncton. This event is part of Week Without Violence, a worldwide YWCA anti-violence initiative that takes place annually during the 3rd week in October. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is a fundraising event held annually in communities around the world to c ...

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Sisters in Spirit vigil focuses on plight of indigenous women

September 11, 2014 | Times & Transcript

If you’ve spent any time on social media, particularly Twitter and Facebook, in the past week you’ve likely come across the ‘Am I Next?’ campaign. In the campaign, indigenous women tweet and Facebook-post photos of themselves holding a sign asking Am I Next? In some cases, they include the hashtag #MMIW, the social media shorthand for the Canadian crisis of missing and murd ...

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No mere pop star, Beyonce pushes the frontiers of feminism

August 29, 2014 | Times & Transcript

This week, I’d planned to write on the minimum wage in New Brunswick (which will be tied with the Northwest Territories for lowest in the country once Alberta and Newfoundland-and-Labrador increase their rates in the next two months) and how it affects women (women age 20 and over are the largest demographic earning minimum wage in New Brunswick). That was the plan, but then Beyoncé p ...

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Remember well, and take action, every day of the year

December 5, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on December 5th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) Tomorrow, Dec. 6, is Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and the 24th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre in which 14 young women were murdered at an engineering school. It also marks the last day of the annual 16 Days of Activism to End Gender- ...

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‘Revenge porn:’ did advertising website enable a bully?

November 21, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times and Transcript on November 21st, 2013, and is shared with permission.)   On Nov. 6, an advertisement for an iPhone with a shattered screen went up on Kijiji, the popular online classifieds site, in the Moncton area. It was one of those ads that isn’t really about selling something, but about giving a witheringly sarcastic performance, making ...

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Pay inequality perpetuates the devaluation of women

November 14, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times and Transcript on November 14th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) At the end of October, the New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity (NBCPE) launched its fourth annual fundraising campaign, through which the organization hopes to raise $90,000. The NBCPE’s vision is an admirable one. They envision “a society in which the value of jobs, traditi ...

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Women’s rights can’t exist without right to choose

October 24, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times and Transcript on October 24th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) Every day since Sept. 25, a number of individuals have been standing on the sidewalk across from the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre praying to end abortion. They’re slated to remain there until Nov. 3 as part of the annual international faith-based anti-abortion c ...

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Challenging and transcending the status quo

October 10, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on October 10th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) Next week, YWCAs around the world will be holding activities to mark Week Without Violence, an annual World YWCA campaign that exists to prevent, reduce, and eliminate violence against women and girls in our communities. This year, YWCA Moncton’s Week Without Violence will include M ...

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Survivors of abuse at residential schools must be heard

September 26, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on September 26th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) This week’s column won’t be sharing an opinion so much as an experience, as I would like to give an account of my time at the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission national event that I had the privilege of attending last week in Vancouver with YWCA Canad ...

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Now let’s hear a rousing chant on the charms of cannibalism

September 12, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the on September 12th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) "Young men need to be socialized in such a way that rape is as unthinkable to them as cannibalism." The first time I read that quote from Mary Pipher, an American clinical psychologist and author of a number of books, it stopped my reading in its tracks. The quote was pithy and incisive; though stra ...

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Men as allies in the effort to end gender-based violence and inequality

August 29, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times and Transcript on August 29th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) Last week, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2013 was launched with YWCA Moncton announced as the event’s beneficiary. Walk a Mile is an international fundraising march in which men don high-heeled shoes and walk in public spaces to raise money and awareness to end violence against women and ...

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How two different celebrations carry same message

August 15, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on April 25th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) Mid-August is one of my favourite stretches of summer, but not because of vacation time or the fact that the water at Parlee Beach is at its warming point. No, I enjoy this time of the year because it’s when our community celebrates National Acadian Day (today!) and Pride Week (nex ...

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Arrest of Moncton sex workers turns spotlight on issue

August 1, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on April 25th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) Two weeks ago, 11 women in Moncton were arrested for prostitution-related charges. The arrests were explained by an RCMP press release which stated: “The operation is part of an ongoing effort to curb sex trade activities in our community. The Codiac RCMP’s primary objective is to e ...

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Penicillin: our health minister’s hot new wonder drug?

July 18, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on July 18th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) Last week, it was announced that the Midwifery Council of New Brunswick (MCNB) would not receive its annual $10,000 funding from the province’s Department of Health. An email statement from Health Minister Ted Flemming explained that, “In this time of change, the department has d ...

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Canada and colonialism: a truth rarely discussed

July 4, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on June 4th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) A few years ago, I attended a feminist gathering in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The gathering was something of a watershed moment in my life up to that point and I treasure many experiences from it. The ones I hold dearest are those that sharply challenged my thinking, particularly my limited ...

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Bechdel frustrates movie lovers, but guides producers

June 19, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on June 19th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) The summer blockbuster movie season is upon us and with it comes a barrage of films featuring women and girls in limited, sexualized and trivial roles. Just how abysmal is the representation of women and girls in film and television? Let me introduction you to a little something we fe ...

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Alward government repairs position on status of women

June 6, 2013 | Times & Transcript

(This post originally appeared in the Times & Transcript on June 6th, 2013, and is shared with permission.) Last week, the province’s Women’s Issues Branch renamed itself the Women’s Equality Branch, then followed up with plans for a new independent forum to advance the equality of women and girls in New Brunswick. The Voices of New Brunswick Women Consensus-Building Forum is slated to be ...

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