GUELPH POLITICAST #350 – December 6 Thoughts

Tuesday marks the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, and it’s the 33rd anniversary of what’s typically referred to as the Montreal Massacre. In terms of public displays of gender-based violence, it’s yet to be matched, but at least one woman is still killed every six days by an intimate partner. So how far have we come since December 6, 1989? Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #350 – December 6 Thoughts”

Women in Crisis and Zonta Launches “16 Days” of Activism

Lit in purple, Market Square hosted the launching of “16 Days, 16 Voices of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence” on Friday night. Organized by Zonta Guelph and Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis, the in-person ceremony marked the beginning of 16 days that will spotlight one new message everyday that will talk about gender-based violence and how we can all do something to fight it. Continue reading “Women in Crisis and Zonta Launches “16 Days” of Activism”

The Night’s Taken Back Again at First In-Person March Since 2019

The first Take Back the Night march dates back to 1978 in San Francisco, but after all this time the goal remains the same no matter where you march: to protest violence against women, particularly sexual assault. That has been expanded to all victims of gender-based violence whether they’re women, queer, non-binary, or men, but for the first time in a couple of years they all got together again to “Take Back the Night.” Continue reading “The Night’s Taken Back Again at First In-Person March Since 2019”

GUELPH POLITICAST #325 – These Times, They Are Triggering

May is Sexual Violence Prevention Month, but he haven’t really had much time to talk about that because these last few weeks have been pretty bad for anyone concerned about equal rights. domestic abuse, gender-based violence, and the lack of balanced media coverage to give these issues the proper context. A news cycle like this demands an entire episode of this podcast to makes sense of it. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #325 – These Times, They Are Triggering”

GUELPH POLITICAST #320 – The Queen of Craft

Historically, women played a pretty big role in the brewing of beer. Starting in ancient times, brewing was fairly female-dominated, but that changed in western culture around the same time the brewing process became industrialized 150 years ago. In 2022, women are trying to reclaim their place atop the brewing world thanks to the proliferation of craft breweries, and one local woman is helping to lead the way. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #320 – The Queen of Craft”

Guelph Women Call to “Break the Bias” in International Women’s Day Rally

March 8 is International Women’s Day, and a time to rally for more gender equality and support for the world’s women who make up a little more than half the population. In Guelph, that meant coming down to Market Square in front of city hall, hearing some speeches, and then marching around the downtown core to make your voice heard. That’s just what a group of over 100 people on Tuesday did to mark the occasion. Continue reading “Guelph Women Call to “Break the Bias” in International Women’s Day Rally”

Women in Crisis Raising Awareness About Human Trafficking with Event

Human trafficking is an issue facing many communities, but it’s an issue that can be misunderstood in both how it happens, and how people can recover from it. So it’s a good thing that Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis are holding an information event later this month to raise awareness about the impacts of human trafficking, and what actions that people can take to stop the exploitation and support survivors. Continue reading “Women in Crisis Raising Awareness About Human Trafficking with Event”

Mayor and Women in Crisis Staff Launch 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence

For most of us, home has been a refuge during the pandemic, our new multifaceted, multiuse area for work, play, school and living, but then there are people for whom home is a scary, dangerous place. Those people were top of mind at Thursday’s flag raising at City Hall to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and to launch 16 days of action including the commemoration of December 6. Continue reading “Mayor and Women in Crisis Staff Launch 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence”

GUELPH POLITICAST #288 – Human Trafficking: The Real Story

It was just a few weeks ago that the Joint Waterloo-Guelph Human Trafficking team, which is staffed by members of both police services, arrested a Guelph man for both both trafficking the victim, and assaulting them himself. It’s a good reminder that human trafficking happens in our backyard, and it’s not what pop culture and conspiracy theories make you think it is. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #288 – Human Trafficking: The Real Story”

Take Back the Night 2021 Will Be Another Virtual Affair

Like so many events in the last two years, the 2021 commemoration of Take Back the Night in Guelph and area will be taking place as a virtual affair. In a press release from Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis, it was announced that the 34th annual ceremony to help raise awareness about, and to challenge sexual and gender-based violence will be available as your nearest device. Continue reading “Take Back the Night 2021 Will Be Another Virtual Affair”