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Nellie McClung, a prominent Canadian suffragist in the early 1900s, is now being maligned for her racism and support of eugenics. Should the deep flaws of some suffragists from 100 years ago mean Canadian historians must pay them short shrift? (National Archives)

Canada’s curiously cautious commemoration of women suffragists

Canada is strangely muted in celebrating women's suffrage. That's because the politics of remembrance has become a contemporary minefield.
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.
Chinese women carry a disproportionate share of family responsibilities. Having more children and greater family demands could increase women’s work-family conflicts and jeopardize women’s careers. With the two-child policy, conflicts between work and family responsibilities are likely to worsen. Shutterstock

China’s two-child policy needs to come with child-care help

How does the two-child policy in China impact women's equality? Do women have the ability to stop when they no longer want more children?
Member states of the African Union in session at the union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

Next steps to getting Africa’s protocol on women’s rights implemented

There have been great strides towards the protection of women’s rights in Africa but progress has been slow. A new body to actively implement rights protections and monitor progress must be set up.

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