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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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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