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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.
A street theatre performance on domestic violence at the Bridge Market Plaza in Chandigarh, India (2016). Biswarup Ganguly/Wikimedia

#YouToo? When the predator is your partner

Intimate partner violence has tremendous negative consequences for women, their families and societies, yet it have not received the political attention it should.
Schooling should be about individual student needs and their pipelines to success, within a whole school approach to challenge sexism. Shutterstock

Sexism needs to be challenged in schools, not just workplaces

Australia is held back not only socially, but also economically by gender inequality, and it needs to be addressed in the classroom.
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?
Thousands of Iranian women took to the streets to protest against the hijab law in Tehran in the spring of 1979. A women’s movement has recently taken hold in Iran. Hengameh Golestan

Iranian women risk arrest: Daughters of the revolution

Iran's young "daughters of the revolution" are protesting hijab laws and demanding equal rights. They're the ultimate symbol of female resistance on this International Women's Day.
Women chant and raise their signs during a rally, part of International Women’s Strike NYC, a coalition of dozens of grassroots groups and labor organizations, on IWD, March 8, 2017, at Washington Square Park in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Eight ways you can help women’s rights

Historical and structural inequalities that long flourished have been recently exposed through the North American based #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Here are eight ways to get involved.
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.
After a diagnosis of HIV, some women see themselves as blameworthy, contaminated or contagious, because of societal discourses of risk and stigma. (Unsplash/Allan Fillipe Santos Dias

Why a fulfilling sexual life with HIV matters

On International Women's Day, everyone can pledge to be an ally to women living with HIV and support their access to sexual health and sexual pleasure.

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