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Women in politics: Why Ottawa isn’t quite as equal as we think it is

Women in politics: Why Ottawa isn’t quite as equal as we think it is:

Theoretically, more women on ballots means more women in office, as research shows voters have no bias against them as candidates. But Thomas’s own research shows that parties are not setting up female candidates for a fair fight. In 2011, she found that all three national parties (the Green party did not run a full slate) placed more women than men in “unwinnable” ridings. Women were more likely to run in another party’s stronghold (59 per cent vs. 47 per cent for men), less likely to run in competitive battlegrounds (24 per cent vs. 28 per cent) and less likely to run in their own party’s strongholds (17 per cent vs. 25 per cent) than men.

A good long-form piece on gender equality in politics. It digs a lot deeper than most of the often-feelgood pieces that are written about the federal government’s gender policies, providing both historical information on gender equality, analysis of contemporary practices, and how other jurisdictions work far more diligently to foster equality in public offices.

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This woman is fed up with sexual harassment on the TTC

This woman is fed up with sexual harassment on the TTC:

Ross said the TTC does not track complaints of sexual harassment but it does track complaints about sexual assault. “Regardless of the number, one is too many.”

He said the TTC is developing an app that would allow riders to report harassment through their smartphones and it will give riders another tool to protect themselves when on TTC trains.

The TTC is developing an app, so people can report incidents, while mobile phone service isn’t offered to 90% of riders and wifi isn’t installed on the trains themselves.

Brilliant.

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A Canadian judge could lose job after her pictures disclosed without consent

This story is absolutely appalling. In summary, a Canadian judge had pictures of her posted to the Internet without her consent and the result may be that she loses her job despite having done nothing wrong herself. She’s eminently qualified for her job and the fact that she has been subject to sexual harassment/violence should absolutely not disqualify her from her current position. It would be a travesty of justice if, after being victimized, she were to lose her job on the basis of having been victimized.

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What Facebook Continues To Tell Us About Violence Against Women

This is a particularly good, if depressing, discussion of Facebook’s treatment of violence towards women, masquerading under the guise of a Millian-attitude towards protecting speech.