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It’s important to define acts of sexual violence separately to punish perpetrators appropriately. from shutterstock.com

Rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment: what’s the difference?

It's important to differentiate between various forms of sexual violence to punish perpetrators appropriately, and to help those affected to label and describe their experiences.
Recent discussions about sexual harassment are both too much about sex and not enough. Shutterstock

Sexual harassment is too much – and not enough – about sex

#MeToo drew attention to sexual harassment in the workplace. But we are still overlooking other forms of discrimination and the insidious impact of sexual harassment on women's identities.
In a 2016 ABS survey, one in two women reported having experienced sexual harassment, but 90% of them did not contact the police. Cindy Zhi/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

#MeToo exposes legal failures, but ‘trial by Twitter’ isn’t one of them

Critics say that #MeToo has turned the legal principle of innocent until proven guilty on its head, but such comments privilege the rights of perpetrators over justice for victims.
Women face myriad barriers running for office and it’s time to knock down those obstacles starting at the municipal level. In this November 2017 photo, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland sits between Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, right, and Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie. (The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick)

How to ensure more women run for public office

Canadian women are under-represented in politics and are hesitant to run for office for myriad reasons. Here's what needs to be done, especially at the municipal level, to get more women in office.
Students attend the Girls Learning Code computer workshop in Toronto in 2014. Women continue to be woefully under-represented in STEM, and abuse and harassment in the male-dominated field play a major role. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Gender inequality is alive and kicking in technology

So-called experts say there are several practical reasons why so few women are in STEM. Any insider will tell you that the real issue is that women are still victims of outdated stereotypes and abuse.
On International Women’s Day in 2016, a demonstrator carries a cross that reads in Spanish: “For you, for all” to protest violence against women. International Women’s Day is much more widely celebrated in Latin America than it is in Canada and the United States, but injustices for women is a global phenomenon. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

International Women’s Day: Reminder women must keep fighting — everywhere

Women everywhere have low status relative to men. This is a global phenomenon and there are no exceptions, and there is much work to be done in Canada and everywhere. The time is now.
In ‘Three Wise Girls’ (1932), Cassie (Jean Harlow) has to fend off her handsy boss. Columbia Pictures Corporation

#MeToo on the 1930s silver screen

Scores of Depression-era films depicted a pattern of sexual harassment that sounds all too familiar.

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