If the most inspired feminist action we take in Canada is to challenge those silly Bell Canada ad campaigns, perhaps author Judy Rebick is right to call for more activism. Or, conversely, if the Bell ads are in fact our call to action, maybe next we could target Nickelback for being latent sex offenders? (Was it just us, or was that “Figured You Out” song about some sort of Chad Kroeger sexual assault? Gross nonetheless).
As the United Nations presses on for the reaffirmation and implementation Beijing Platform (or not), the world’s continued push for gender equality and the advancement of women is represented by International Women’s Day. While some countries around the world celebrate by declaring March 8th a holiday for all women (not Canada though), women in Toronto can mark the date at the All Female Comedy Revue at the Lula Lounge (8 p.m., 1585 Dundas Street W., No dudes allowed). Or on Friday, March 11, at Awakenings 2005 Women’s fundraising dance, benefitting Nellie’s Shelter for Women and The Assaulted Women’s Helpline at the Toronto Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Avenue, $10 advance or $12 at the door). To view a full calendar of events in Toronto and Ontario, check here.