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Kelsey, Laura, Melanie, Saba and Sam are bringing you a live show tonight! Tune in at 5:30 to CJSR 88.5 FM and www.cjsr.com to check it out!

Equality in Alberta

The Parkland Institute released findings on March 8, International Women’s Day, which show women in Alberta still have a very long way to go indeed when it comes to achieving equality in this province.

Spoken Word

The spoken word piece today was by Diamond by alixa + namia of climbing poeTree. We can’t link to it because of the flash site, but if you follow the link and go to “Listen”, you can find it.

Fighting for Reproductive Rights

You can hear the documentary by Karin Wells called The Women are Coming on the website of CBC’s Sunday Edition. Unfortunately, they didn’t include it in this week’s podcast. This documentary tells the story of the Abortion Caravan, one of the most incredible examples of civil disobedience in Canadian history. In 1970, Women traveled from Vancouver to Ottawa holding town halls and speaking publicly about women’s experiences with abortion and the need for abortion on demand. When they got to Ottawa, 35 women chained themselves to chairs in the House of Commons and disrupted Question Period. The resulting disruption led to the first adjournment of Parliament due to a disturbance in the Gallery in its then 103 year history. Check out this original press release from 1970. And check out this paper on the RCMP surveillance of the AC and women’s liberation groups in Canada.

Voices for Choices is the amazing pro-choice collective at UofA.

From their constitution:

To be pro-choice is not to be pro-abortion (which is, in fact, the opposite of what we want to do!). We believe that we should let a woman decide for herself what reproductive choice is right for her depending on her own values, beliefs, culture, and experiences. We work toward removing barriers a woman may have in making a free choice by increasing the accessibility, social support, and funding for all three options. We believe that supporting sexual health and safer sex is inseparable to being pro-choice and so we will do what we can to increase the knowledge and accessibility of sexual health and contraception.


Events!

The Global Education Network Graduate Student Group at the University of Alberta presents its Engaging Feminist Voices Speaker Series with Dr. Phil E. Okeke-Ihejirkia who will be delivering the lecture:  Theorizing Feminism for Those on the Margins: Reflections of a Transnational Scholar.

Check it out on March 17, 2010 – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm – Education South 122. Lunch will be provided and everyone is welcome.

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APIRG’s Alt Sex Ed series is going strong!

On  Wednesday, March 17, 2010 they have a workshop called
Creative Sex – History, stories, tips, and audience discussion.

APIRG will also be offering two presentations by Janet Hardy, author of The Ethical Slut, a book on polyamorous relationships.

On Wednesday, March 24 Hardy will be presenting the lecture: Millennial Ethical Sluthood. It will be from 7-9pm at the TELUS Centre on UofA Campus.

On Thursday, she will be offering the workshop: Loving Beyond Gender.

The cost for this workshop is $5 and You must pre-register, which you can do by emailing Jess at outreach@apirg.org

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Voices for Choices Brainstroming Session

Voices for Choices is creating a pro-choice LRT ad and then need your help! They’re going to be holding a brainstorming session today at 4pm in Humanities 2-19 to discuss what the ad should say and what it should look like. Be there and help spread the message about the importance of women’s control over their bodies. Check out the facebook event page for more information.

Voices for Choices is a very active, but new, pro-choice collective at the UofA. You can check out their website and find them on facebook. You can even listen to the podcast of  us talking to J’aime and Taryn on the live show this summer!

Solicitation Laws on Adamant Eve

Listen tonight at 5:30 for an all new Adamant Eve! Tune in to CJSR 88.5 FM or listen online at www.cjsr.com.

This week on Adamant Eve, Ashley interviews Stephanie Laskoski. In 2007, Laskoski received the Roger S. Smith Undergraduate Student Researcher Award and decided to use the award to create a documentary and  research project on prostitution and the laws surrounding soliciting.

Laura Collison brings us the news this week with a story about a new law in Quebec, Bill 34, which will potentially limit access to abortion in the province. The bill has been met with a lot of resistance from the public and the medical community and now the government is rethinking it.

Bringing the show to a close is Sam with Radio Eve. This week she brings us the song African Pride by Souljah Fyah.

News & Events

Sam has also been busy creating news! She will be featured on the national radio program Groundwire. Sam did an excellent piece on the Charter battle undertaken by women ski jumpers wanting to be included in the 2010 Olympics. Congratulations, Sam!

Awaking Venus is presenting an introduction to its fall workshop series. It will take place on August 20th at 6:15 pm at 9923 – 82 Ave and is free with a donation to Little Warriors. For more information go to www.AwakeningVenus.ca

The Fringe has begun, so be sure to check it out and support local and international theatre. I saw Kreskinned last night and it was hilarious! I’m looking forward to catching The Flood and Victor and Victoria’s Terrifying Tale of Terrible Things.  Go to fringetheatreadventures.ca for information and to buy tickets.

CJSR’s FunDrive is just around the corner, so get ready to get generous. CJSR is community radio and relies on community donations to keep bringing you quality programming. Last year Eve listeners were amazing and we’re so grateful for your support. Stay tuned to CJSR 88.5 FM for FunDrive fun, including sweet prizes!

UPDATE: Click here to listen to the podcast of this edition of Adamant Eve

Voices for Choices visit Adamant Eve

The show was LIVE today and we had some special guests!

J’aime and Taryn from Voices for Choices were awesome and came to talk to us about what the morning after pill/plan b/emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) is in response to an Edmonton Journal article that said ECP was equivalent to abortion. We clarified that ECP is NOT abortion, but in facts prevents pregnancy. We also talked about the importance of access to women seeking abortions and how legal rights don’t do much good if one doesn’t have access. You can learn more about Voice for Choices by checking out their facebook page.

Laura C. read an essay by Jessalynn Keller, Sorry, Can’t do Raunch today, which criticizes the idea that feminist “empowerment” and self esteem come from being sexy to get what you want.  We’ll be featuring an interview with Jessalynn on a future episode, but for now you can check out her blog, Brazen Beauties which provides critical commentary on representations of girlhood in popular culture.

Derek gave us on update on the failure of Edmonton police to warn women about a rapist in Millwoods. EPS said they don’t release warnings after the hundreds of sexual assualts ever year, but in this case they knew the assailant’s identity and they knew he was using social networking sites to meet his victims. On Monday he escaped arrest, the police didn’t let the public know, and then he offended again. For more information, check out the CBC’s coverage here and here. You can read the Edmonton Journal’s coverage here, here and here.

We also had Eve alumnus, Lesley, who spoke about the despicable way the University of Carleton is behaving following a sexual assault on campus. In 2007, a woman was sexually assaulted while she was working in a lab late at night. She is suing the university, alleging that they did not do enough to ensure the security and safety of their staff and students. In a classic case of victim-blaming, Carleton is saying the woman is at fault for being female while working not protecting herself while working. You can read more about the story from Canada News Wire and the Ottawa Citizen. (Sidenote: A big Feminist Fuck You, goes out to the Calgary Herald for running the headline “Woman didn’t do enough to prevent assault: Carleton University”)

Since the attack, the university has spent $1.6 upgrading security (which calls in to questions claims that they had adequate security…). However, they continue to blame the victim and despite students voting overwhelmingly in favour of forming a sexual assault centre, it has not yet happened.  This is ludicrous. Please take the time to write an email to the president of Carleton University, Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte, and let her know Carleton should stand behind its students, not assault them all over again by blaming victims. The Carleton website is down right now, but as soon as it’s back up we’ll get her email address and provide a link! For now, you can email the Board of Governors at governors@carleton.ca

UPDATE: Contact the president at  presidents_office@carleton.ca

Check back for the podcast, which I’ll put up as soon as I figure out how to post a live show!