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New studies shows women and their doctors are misinformed about risks associated with caesarian vs. vaginal births.

“These three studies taken together show us that educational leaders and provincial policy makers need to seriously examine the educational models and experiences that appear to teach the non-evidence-based view that vaginal childbirth is primarily a dangerous activity”

Sonya Nigam discusses the links between rape, war, and women.

“We cannot pluck rape out of war for our attention and let the war go on. We must be passionate about preventing and stopping wars, and about recognizing the equal right of women to seats at all tables where decisions are made. Rape will be reduced when violence is reduced and when women are taken more seriously and treated equally in all decisions on the fate of humanity.”

The Women’s Worlds conference (facebook page here) will take place in Ottawa from July 3rd to July 7th. If you are interested in attending the conference, the registration fee is $485, $150 for students / under 26 / low income / women’s groups with an annual budget under 350,000o, or free with 12 volunteer hours.

This article profiles one of the speakers at the conference, Nicole Schwab, an activist fighting the gender gap.

Many of us would like to believe we live in an egalitarian society. That gender equality is a given, the rule not the exception. Unfortunately, we aren’t there yet. Somehow, in what some call a post-feminist world in Canada, women still make about 70 cents for every dollar men make. Among Fortune 500 companies in the U.S., women make up three per cent of CEOs and, globally, women make up an average about 10 to 15 per cent of corporate boards. Without a doubt, the numbers of women dwindle the closer they get to the top.

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