REAL Women of Canada staff

Canada’s Status of Women funds a new feminist movement

REAL Women of Canada staff
By REAL Women of Canada staff

By REAL Women of Canada staff

OTTAWA, Ontario, November 19, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The near collapse of the feminist movement in Canada, and the failure of the feminist movement to become an international political force, has been an ongoing concern for the federal Status of Women (SOW). Consequently, it has decided to take decisive action (using the taxpayer’s dollar) to organize what they hope will become a new, powerful feminist movement both in Canada and internationally.

In fiscal year 2008-2009, the SOW gave a grant totaling $1,016,400.00 to fund a large feminist conference, called the Women’s Worlds 2011 (WW 2011). Its objective is to draw feminist women together from across Canada and abroad to form a new feminist movement. The conference is to be held in the Ottawa-Gatineau area in July 2011. The planning and co-ordination of the conference are being carried out by the Women’s Studies Programs at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, in concert with l’Université du Québec en Outaouais and Saint Paul University in Ottawa.

The steering committee and sub committees are comprised of “volunteers” – many of whom appear to be students from the Women’s Studies Programs at the various universities. There are, however, several experienced feminist activists who are in charge of the operation, to keep a firm hand on the project.

They include:
Jill Vickers, a feminist political science professor at Carleton University. She is a self-described socialist and supporter of the NDP, who ran for that party unsuccessfully in the 1979 federal election.

Ms. Vickers spent her career researching and writing about feminism and gender. She is the former president of the feminist Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW), which averaged SOW funding of $383,000, yearly, for over 24 years. The federal funding of CRIAW was cancelled in 2007. Grants from SOW to CRIAW between 1984 and 2007, total $2,270,950.

Bonnie Diamond
is a former executive director of the Elizabeth Fry Society; former executive director of The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) and of MATCH International, which recently lost its federal funding from CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency). This latter event may curtail her career trajectory.

Nancy Peckford
is just like Bonnie Diamond above, in that Ms. Peckford is like a bee, constantly chasing honey, flitting from one feminist organization to another. She is currently the executive director of the feminist group Equal Voice, (see REALITY, November- December, 2009). She served in 2007-2008 as executive director of Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA); was a researcher for Women and the Law (NAWL) and was a co-ordinator for the 2000 March for Women, among other feminist organizations in which she has participated.

Pauline Rankin
is a lesbian feminist who is a professor at Carleton University in the departments of Canadian Studies, Political Science and Women’s Studies. She served as a gender “consultant” with CIDA. Ms. Rankin is on the Board of Governors as a University Senate representative at Carleton University. She has spent her career writing on the feminist movement and gender issues.

Caroline Andrew
has had a long career in the feminist movement. In 1984 she moderated the televised “women’s debate” during the federal election, in which all the party leaders participated. The televised debate was organized by the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC). In 2007, Ms. Andrew was appointed by the homosexual Ontario Minister of Health, George Smitherman, chair of his department’s Women’s Health Agency. Ms. Andrew participated as moderator in a National Film Board documentary on women who kill their partners and argued such actions were in self defense.

The keynote speakers for this planned 2011 conference to date include feminists from India, the U.S.A. and Switzerland. The conference is open to those who are committed to women’s rights and equality and includes the Lesbian/Gay/Bi-sexual and Transgendered (LGBT), the two-spirited, as well as those who are “beautifully uncatagorizable” (providing of course they are in support of the feminist ideology).

According to its website, the Conference is to connect and reconnect around strategies and
political agendas so that “women’s equality and human rights may truly advance”.

The conference states that it will be dealing with injustices experienced by women because of globalization, colonialism, capitalism, imperialism and inequality, all of which lead to “women’s subjugation”. In truth, the conference is to organize a new feminist movement,
both in Canada and internationally.

REAL Women is encouraging Canadians to write to the Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board, Rona Ambrose, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, and to their own MP to request a permanent closing down the Status of Women.

Contact information:

The Right Hon. Stephen Harper
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A2
Fax: 613-941-6900

The Hon. Stockwell Day
President of Treasury Board
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Fax: 613-995-1154

The Hon. Rona Ambrose
Minister for the Status of Women
House of Common
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Fax: 613-996-0785

Your MP
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

This article was originally published in the November/December 2010 Reality magazine of REAL women of Canada

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Under pressure for showing the pro-abortion documentary "After Tiller" on Labor Day, PBS' "POV" affiliate has defended the decision in response to an inquiry from LifeSiteNews.

The producers of the film say their goal with the documentary, which tells the stories of four late-term abortion doctors after the killing of infamous late-term abortionist George Tiller, is to "change public perception of third-trimester abortion providers by building a movement dedicated to supporting their right to work with a special focus on maintaining their safety.” 

POV told LifeSiteNews, "We do believe that 'After Tiller' adds another dimension to an issue that is being debated widely." Asked if POV will show a pro-life documentary, the organization said that it "does not have any other films currently scheduled on this issue. POV received almost 1000 film submissions each year through our annual call for entries and we welcome the opportunity to consider films with a range of points of view."

When asked whether POV was concerned about alienating its viewership -- since PBS received millions in federal tax dollars in 2012 and half of Americans identify as pro-life -- POV said, "The filmmakers would like the film to add to the discussion around these issues. Abortion is already a legal procedure."

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"This is an issue that people feel passionately about and will have a passionate response to. We are hopeful that the majority of people can see it for what it is, another lens on a very difficult issue." 

In addition to the documentary, POV has written materials for community leaders and teachers to share. A cursory examination of the 29-page document, which is available publicly, appears to include links to outside sources that defend Roe v. Wade, an examination of the constitutional right to privacy, and "a good explanation of the link between abortion law and the right to privacy," among other information.

Likewise, seven clips recommended for student viewing -- grades 11 and beyond -- include scenes where couples choose abortion because the children are disabled. Another shows pro-life advocates outside a doctor's child's school, and a third is described as showing "why [one of the film's doctors] chose to offer abortion services and includes descriptions of what can happen when abortion is illegal or unavailable, including stories of women who injured themselves when they tried to terminate their own pregnancies and children who were abused because they were unwanted."

Another clip "includes footage of protesters, as well as news coverage of a hearing in the Nebraska State Legislature in which abortion opponents make reference to the idea that a fetus feels pain." The clip's description fails to note that it is a scientifically proven fact that unborn children can feel pain.

The documentary is set to air on PBS at 10 p.m. Eastern on Labor Day.

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A Christian man was executed during the night by a high-profile ruler after making an uncompromising defense of real marriage.

The Christian, who was renowned for his holiness, had told the ruler in public that his relationship with his partner was “against the law” of God. The Christian’s words enraged the ruler’s partner who successfully plotted to have him permanently silenced.

John the Baptist was first imprisoned before he was beheaded. The Catholic Church honors him today, August 29, as a martyr and saint.

While John’s death happened a little less than 2,000 years ago, his heroic stance for real marriage is more pertinent today than ever before.

According to the Gospel of Mark, the ruler Herod had ‘married’ his brother’s wife Herodias. When John told Herod with complete frankness, “It is against the law for you to have your brother’s wife,” Herodias became “furious” with him to the point of wanting him killed for his intolerance, bullying, and hate-speech.

Herodias found her opportunity to silence John by having her daughter please Herod during a dance at a party. Herod offered the girl anything she wanted. The daughter turned to her mother for advice, and Herodias said to ask for John’s head on a platter.

Those who fight for real marriage today can learn three important lessons from John’s example.

  1. Those proudly living in ungodly and unnatural relationships — often referred to in today’s sociopolitical sphere as ‘marriage’ — will despise those who tell them what they are doing is wrong. Real marriage defenders must expect opposition to their message from the highest levels.
  2. Despite facing opposition, John was not afraid to defend God’s plan for marriage in the public square, even holding a secular ruler accountable to this plan. John, following the third book of the Hebrew Bible (Leviticus 20:21), held that a man marrying the wife of his brother was an act of “impurity” and therefore abhorrent to God. Real marriage defenders must boldly proclaim today that God is the author of marriage, an institution he created to be a life-long union between one man and one woman from which children arise and in which they are best nurtured. Marriage can be nothing more, nothing less.
  3. John did not compromise on the truth of marriage as revealed by God, even to the point of suffering imprisonment and death for his unpopular position. Real marriage defenders must never compromise on the truth of marriage, even if the government, corporate North America, and the entire secular education system says otherwise. They must learn to recognize the new “Herodias” of today who despises those raising a voice against her lifestyle. They must stand their ground no matter what may come, no matter what the cost.

John the Baptist was not intolerant or a bigot, he simply lived the word of God without compromise, speaking the word of truth when it was needed, knowing that God’s way is always the best way. Were John alive today, he would be at the forefront of the grassroots movement opposing the social and political agenda to remake marriage in the image of man.

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If he were alive today he might speak simple but eloquent words such as, “It is against God’s law for two men or two women to be together as a husband and wife in marriage. Marriage can only be between a man and a woman.” 

He would most likely be hated. He would be ridiculed. He would surely have the human rights tribunals throwing the book at him. But he would be speaking the truth and have God as his ally. 

The time may not be far off when those who defend real marriage, like John, will be presented with the choice of following Caesar or making the ultimate sacrifice. May God grant his faithful the grace to persevere in whatever might come. St. John the Baptist, pray for us!

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One year to the day since a team of 20 social workers, police officers, and special agents stormed a homeschooling family’s residence near Darmstadt, Germany, and forcibly removed all four of the family’s children, aged 7 to 14, a state appeals court has returned custody of the children to their parents.

The reason given for the removal was that parents Dirk and Petra Wunderlich continued to homeschool their children in defiance of a German ban on home education.

The children were returned three weeks after being taken, following an international outcry spearheaded by the Home School Legal Defense Association.

However, a lower court imposed the condition on the parents that their children were required to attend state schools in order for them to be released, and took legal custody of the children in order to prevent the family from leaving the country.

In a decision that was still highly critical of the parents and of homeschooling, the appeals court decided that the action of the lower court in putting the children in the custody of the state was “disproportional” and ordered complete custody returned to the parents, according to a statement by the HSLDA.

The Wunderlichs, who began homeschooling again when the court signaled it would rule this way, said they were very pleased with the result, but noted that the court’s harsh words about homeschooling indicated that their battle was far from over.

“We have won custody and we are glad about that,” Dirk said.

“The court said that taking our children away was not proportionate—only because the authorities should apply very high fines and criminal prosecution instead. But this decision upholds the absurd idea that homeschooling is child endangerment and an abuse of parental authority.”

The Wunderlichs are now free to emigrate to another country where homeschooling is legal, if they choose, but they said they intend to remain in Germany and work for educational freedom.

“While we no longer fear that our children will be taken away as long as we are living in Hessen, it can still happen to other people in Germany,” Dirk said. “Now we fear crushing fines up to $75,000 and jail. This should not be tolerated in a civilized country.”

Petra Wunderlich said, "We could not do this without the help of HSLDA,” but cautioned that, “No family can fight the powerful German state—it is too much, too expensive."

"If it were not for HSLDA and their support, I am afraid our children would still be in state custody. We are so grateful and thank all homeschoolers who have helped us by helping HSLDA.”

HSLDA’s Director for Global Outreach, Michael Donnelly, said he welcomed the ruling but was concerned about the court’s troubling language.

“We welcome this ruling that overturns what was an outrageous abuse of judicial power,” he said.

“The lower court decision to take away legal custody of the children essentially imprisoned the Wunderlich family in Germany. But this decision does not go far enough. The court has only grudgingly given back custody and has further signaled to local authorities that they should still go after the Wunderlichs with criminal charges or fines.”

Donnelly pointed out that such behavior in a democratic country is problematic.

“Imprisonment and fines for homeschooling are outside the bounds of what free societies that respect fundamental human rights should tolerate,” he explained.

“Freedom and fundamental human rights norms demand respect for parental decision making in education. Germany’s state and national policies that permit banning home education must be changed.

"Such policies from a leading European democracy not only threaten the rights of tens of thousands of German families but establish a dangerous example that other countries may be tempted to follow,” Donnelly warned.

HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris said that acting on behalf of the Wunderlichs was an important stand for freedom.

“The Wunderlichs are a good and decent family whose basic human rights were violated and are still threatened,” Farris said.

“Their fight is our fight," Farris stressed, "and we will continue to support those who stand against German policy banning homeschooling that violates international legal norms. Free people cannot tolerate such oppression and we will do whatever we can to fight for families like the Wunderlichs both here in the United States and abroad. We must stand up to this kind of persecution where it occurs or we risk seeing own freedom weakened.”

Visit the HSLDA website dedicated to helping the Wunderlich family and other German homeschoolers here.

Contact the German embassy in the U.S. here.

Contact the German embassy in Canada here.

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