The Round-Up: Feb. 18, 2014
- February 14 was a day to honour, remember, and fight for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Black Coffee Poet has a list of Indigenous women who have been murdered in Ontario, along with pictures from the annual Strawberry Ceremony in Toronto.
- Rabble marked the days leading up to February 14 by publishing a series put together by Battered Women’s Support Services, called “Why I March” with many personal, moving stories from activists, family members, and others committed to justice for Indigenous women in Canada.
- And Lauren Chief Elk reflects on the troubled relationship between Indigenous women, Eve Ensler’s V-Day/One Billion Rising Campaign, and how the myth of shared oppression can obscure First Nations women’s real lived and historical experiences.
- Katherine Cross at Feministing talks about Canada Border Services’ detention of Avery Edison, and the systems that led to their misgendering of her and decision to have her held in a men’s prison.
- Rosa Elena Arteaga at Battered Women’s Support Services reflects on the tragic situation facing Lucia Vega Jimenez, who committed suicide while in the custody of Canada Border Services and awaiting deportation to Mexico.
- And there is a Change.org petition that you can sign to add your voice to the call for a full, independent, civilian inquiry into Lucia Vega Jimenez’ death.
- Janelle Asselin at The Mary Sue talks about the issues that come out of Sheryl Sandberg’s project with Getty Images to create a more diverse pool of stock photos of women.
- Though women won the right to ski jump in the Olympics, Amanda Hess at Slate explores how Olympic rules still hold women to lower standards in ski jumping and many other sports.
- Our Bodies, Our Blog remembers Dr. Gary Romalis, a Canadian abortion doctor and reproductive health advocate, who experienced many threats and attempts on his life during his career.