Wednesday, November 7

Elsewhere.....fem/links on the web

The Faculty of Education at The University of Western Ontario and its Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children is hosting a community workshop on the role of workplaces, neighbours, friends and families in responding to the warning signs of woman abuse.

Short definition: Internalized sexism is the involuntary internalization by women of the sexist messages that are present in their societies and culture. It also the way in which women reinforce sexism by utilizing and relaying sexist messages that they’ve internalized

There are myths in society which prevent the development of quality child care programs for rural children. "When rural communities are fighting to survive, when we need services, when we want people, young parents to move into our town we need child care" Rural Child Care - We're Worth It!

Ms. Cook sited recent studies that show that one quarter of women between the age of 20 and 24 smoke, which is much higher than rates for other age groups. The prevalence of smoking in that group also has to do with the level of stress women face when coping with adolescence, school and other social experiences, she said.

Good News! A popular magazine has agreed to stop running sex ads in its back pages. New York Magazine said it will no longer accept the classified ads, after the local chapter of the National Organization for Woman threatened to hold protests against the magazine – saying the ads promote prostitution and human trafficking.

Don't despair! The Carnival of Radical Feminists is here!

Canada has a $50 million aid program that goes toward promoting women in society and improving health care, education and the economy, but it is a very small amount compared to the $4 billion in development funding that Pakistan receives from international donors each year. Pakistan is the 26th largest recipient of overall Canadian development aid. Haiti and Afghanistan top that list. Harper silent on Pakistan crisis. For more info on events in Pakistan, check Benazir Bhutto’s op-ed in today’s NYT where she writes: "It is dangerous to stand up to a military dictatorship, but more dangerous not to. The moment has come for the Western democracies to show us in their actions, and not just in their rhetoric, which side they are on."

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