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Canada’s Status of Women funds a new feminist movement

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By REAL Women of Canada staff

By REAL Women of Canada staff

OTTAWA, Ontario, November 19, 2010 ( - 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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A little bit of humour now and then is a good thing.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers.

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BREAKING: Europe’s top human rights court slaps down German ban on pro-life leafletting

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STRASBOURG, France, November 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that a German regional court violated a pro-life activist’s freedom of expression when it barred him from leafleting in front of an abortion center.

It further ruled the German court’s order that Klaus Gunter Annen not list the names of two abortion doctors on his website likewise violated the 64-year-old pro-life advocate’s right to freedom of expression.

The court’s November 26 decision is “a real moral victory,” says Gregor Puppinck, director of the Strasbourg-based European Center for Law and Justice, which intervened in Annen’s case. “It really upholds the freedom of speech for pro-life activists in Europe.”

Annen, a father of two from Weinam, a mid-sized city in the Rhine-Neckar triangle, has appealed to the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights at least two times before, Puppinck told LifeSiteNews.

“This is the first time he made it,” he said, noting that this time around, Annen had support from the ECLJ and Alliance Defense Fund and the German Pro-life Federation (BVL). “I think he got more support, better arguments and so I think this helped.”

The court also ordered the German government to pay Annen costs of 13,696.87 EUR, or 14,530 USD.

Annen started distributing pamphlets outside a German abortion center ten years ago, ECLJ stated in a press release.

His leaflets contained the names and addresses of the two abortionists at the center, declared they were doing “unlawful abortions,” and stated in smaller print that, “the abortions were allowed by the German legislators and were not subject to criminal liability.”

Annen’s leaflets also stated that, “The murder of human beings in Auschwitz was unlawful, but the morally degraded NS State allowed the murder of innocent people and did not make it subject to criminal liability.” They referred to Annen’s website,, which listed a number of abortionists, including the two at the site he was leafleting.

In 2007, a German regional court barred Annen from pamphleteering in the vicinity of the abortion center, and ordered him to drop the name of the two abortion doctors from his website.

But the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that the German courts had "failed to strike a fair balance between [Annen’s] right to freedom of expression and the doctor’s personality rights.”

The Court stated that, “there can be no doubt as to the acute sensitivity of the moral and ethical issues raised by the question of abortion or as to the importance of the public interest at stake.”

That means, stated ECLJ, that “freedom of expression in regard to abortion shall enjoy a full protection.”

ECLJ stated that the court noted Annen’s leaflets “made clear that the abortions performed in the clinic were not subject to criminal liability. Therefore, the statement that ‘unlawful abortions’ were being performed in the clinic was correct from a legal point of view.”

As for the Holocaust reference, the court stated that, “the applicant did not – at least not explicitly – equate abortion with the Holocaust.”  Rather, the reference was “a way of creating awareness of the more general fact that law might diverge from morality.”

The November 26 decision “is a quite good level of protection of freedom of speech for pro-life people,” observed Puppinck.

First, the European Court of Human Rights has permitted leafleting “in the direct proximate vicinity of the clinic, so there is no issue of zoning,” he told LifeSiteNews. “And second, the leaflets were mentioning the names of the doctors, and moreover, were mentioning the issue of the Holocaust, which made them quite strong leaflets.”

“And the court protected that.”

Annen has persevered in his pro-life awareness campaign through the years despite the restraints on his freedom.

“He did continue, and he did adapt,” Puppinck told LifeSiteNews. “He kept his freedom of speech as much as he could, but he continued to be sanctioned by the German authorities, and each time he went to the court of human rights. And this time, he won.”

ECLJ’s statement notes that “any party” has three months to appeal the November 26 decision.

However, as it stands, the European Court of Human Rights’s ruling affects “all the national courts,” noted Puppinck, and these will now “have to protect freedom of speech, recognize the freedom of speech for pro-lifers.”

“In the past, the courts have not always been very supportive of the freedom of speech of pro-life,” he said, so the ruling is “significant.”

As for Annen’s pro-life ministry, Pubbinck added: “He can continue to go and do, and I’m sure that he does, because he always did.”  

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‘Soft racism’: German Bishops’ website attributes African Catholics’ strong faith to simplemindedness

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GERMANY, November 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) --  The only reason the Catholic Church is growing in Africa is because the people have a “rather low level” of education and accept “simple answers to difficult questions” involving marriage and sexuality, posited an article on the official website of the German Bishops' Conference posted yesterday. The article targeted particularly Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, the Vatican's prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and ardent defender of Catholic tradition.

First Things blogger Leroy Huizenga, who translated a portion of the article, criticized the article's view as “soft racism.”

In his article, titled “The Romantic, Poor Church,” editor Björn Odendahl writes: 

So also in Africa. Of course the Church is growing there. It grows because the people are socially dependent and often have nothing else but their faith. It grows because the educational situation there is on average at a rather low level and the people accept simple answers to difficult questions (of faith) [sic]. Answers like those that Cardinal Sarah of Guinea provides. And even the growing number of priests is a result not only of missionary power but also a result of the fact that the priesthood is one of the few possibilities for social security on the dark continent.

Huizenga said that such an article has no place on a bishops’ conference website. 

“We all know that the German Bishops' Conference is one of the most progressive in the world. But it nevertheless beggars belief that such a statement would appear on the Conference's official website, with its lazy slander of African Christians and priests as poor and uneducated (Odendahl might as well have added ‘easy to command’) and its gratuitous swipe at Cardinal Sarah,” he wrote. 

“Natürlich progressives could never be guilty of such a sin and crime, but these words sure do suggest soft racism, the racism of elite white Western paternalism,” he added. 

African prelates have gained a solid reputation for being strong defenders of Catholic sexual morality because of their unwavering orthodox input into the recently concluded Synod on the Family in Rome. 

At one point during the Synod, Cardinal Robert Sarah urged Catholic leaders to recognize as the greatest modern enemies of the family what he called the twin “demonic” “apocalyptic beasts” of “the idolatry of Western freedom” and “Islamic fundamentalism.”

STORY: Cardinal Danneels warns African bishops to avoid ‘triumphalism’

“What Nazi-Fascism and Communism were in the 20th century, Western homosexual and abortion ideologies and Islamic fanaticism are today,” he said during his speech at the Synod last month. 

But African prelates’ adherence to orthodoxy has earned them enemies, especially from the camp of Western prelates bent on forming the Catholic Church in their own image and likeness, not according to Scripture, tradition, and the teaching magisterium of the Church. 

During last year’s Synod, German Cardinal Walter Kasper went as far as stating that the voice of African Catholics in the area of Church teaching on homosexuality should simply be dismissed.

African cardinals “should not tell us too much what we have to do,” he said in an October 2014 interview with ZENIT, adding that African countries are "very different, especially about gays.” 

Earlier this month Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, instead of praising Africa for its vibrant and flourishing Catholicism, said that African prelates will one day have to look to Europe to get what he called “useful tips” on how to deal with “secularization” and “individualism.” 

The statement was criticized by one pro-family advocate as “patronizing of the worst kind” in light of the facts that numerous European churches are practically empty, vocations to the priesthood and religious life are stagnant, and the Catholic faith in Europe, especially in Belgium, is overall in decline.

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