Saturday, April 19, 2008

Dreams for Women - Eighth Week!












Here is the 9th official week of the Dreams for Women art project. I just wanted to remind readers that we currently only post postcards every second week! We're hoping to post them every week but we need your help! So get some friends together and make some postcards and send them in!

First Week







Also, here's another link to the new movie!





Antigone Magazine is launching a Feminist Postcard art project! We want to know what your Dreams for Women are.What are your own dreams for yourself, your friends, your sisters, your daughters? Paint, draw, write, sketch or decoupage your dreams on a postcard and send it to the address below:


Antigone Magazine
C/O WILLA UBC
Box 61-6138 SUB Boulevard
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6T 1Z1

OR

With your postcard submission, we ask that you make a donation (if you can!) to Antigone Magazine for anywhere from $1 to $10. You can send your money along with your postcard or donate on our blog: http://www.antigonemagazine.blogspot.com/ .

But don't worry... if you don't have the money, just send along the postcard and tell people about this program.

What is Antigone Magazine? We're a grassroots national magazine that works to encourage young women to get involved in politics in Canada. We work to empower young women to engage politically and civically and to actively take part in leadership roles.We are raising the money in order to help launch the Antigone Foundation, a national foundation that will encourage young women aged 10-30 to get politically and civically engaged. Help support Antigone as we help to make the dreams of young women come true!

Friday, April 18, 2008

CWVC Women's Campaign School!

This is a fabulous school for those who are interested in learning more about campaigning. I recommend it very highly to you all!

Announcing the 2008 Women's Campaign School
May 30 – June 1, 2008
SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

Hosted by Canadian Women Voters Congress

New this year:
on-line registration with choice of payment (cheque or credit card)
campaign school schedule available on website
new web address www.womenscampaignschool.org
change of location to SFU downtown Vancouver

Cyndy Hill is the Coordinator of the 2008 Women's Campaign School. She can assist you with any further inquiries you may have at info@womenscampaignschool.org

Fees:
$535.00 + GST = $561.75 - Early Bird Deadline - April 25, 2008
$585.00 + GST = $614.25 - Regular Registration Deadline - April 26 to May 16, 2008

(Some bursaries are available for those requiring financial assistance.)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Padded Bras. For Children.


Tesco, a UK brand, has come under scrutiny for advertising and producing a padded bra marked to the seven and eight-year-old age range. This is not the first time Tesco has gotten itself into hot water for sexualizing girls waaaaay too early. In 2006 it had to remove a pole dancing kit from toy shelves after being accused of "destroying children's innocence". Tesco, in defense of the bra, delivered the following statement: "It is a product designed for girls at that self-conscious age when they are just developing. It is designed to cover up, not flatter, and was developed after speaking to parents."

This brings to mind a couple of questions: what, exactly is being covered up? If you have teeny-tiny breasts the only way they would need covering is if you were to wear tight, shear shirts to begin with. Ohhhh... I guess the bra is supposed to go with the sexualized children's clothing sold one aisle over in Tesco. Moreover, who are these parents crying out to the brand to develop a padded bra for their children? A padded bra, I might add, that is not just padded, but designed to draw attention to and enhance a young girl's... nothing. Sounds like Tesco and Mama Lohan have been having some conversations.

I might be willing to buy the whole 'cover-up' excuse if it didn't have such weird implications; Jessica over at Feministing has said it, and I think it bears repeating: "If you need to cover up a [child's] non-breasts in order to feel like she's being 'discreet', there's something wrong with the way you look at [little] girls."

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

BC Women in Business Forum presented by TD Bank Financial Group

BC Women in Business Forum presented by TD Bank Financial Group

Sponsors: Title Sponsor: TD Bank Financial Group. Speaker Series Sponsors: KPMG, National Post, Xerox, Business in Vancouver
Location: Hycroft,1489 McRae Avenue, Vancouver
Date & Time: April 24, 2008 11 15 A.M. - 2 30 P.M.

Join us for our 3rd BC Women in Business Forum. Hear from accomplished women leaders as they share their career paths, how they overcame challenges and obstacles, and find out their personal lessons learned. Network with other women in business. This event is part of our Women in Leadership Speaker Series held across Canada. Free lunch and Free admission.

Panel:
Mary O’Callaghan, Senior Principal in KPMG’s Advisory Practice
Linda Zanette, District Vice President, TD Bank Financial Group
Martine Normand, VP Human Resources, Xerox
Debra Hoggan, President, Business Design Group
Moderated by: Margot Micallef, CEO of Vista Broadcasting

11:15 am - 12:00 pm Registration for Panel, Lunch and Networking
• Free catered Luncheon/Networking
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Panel Presentation
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Entrepreneurship Workshop, "So you want to be an entrepreneur" Presented by Heather Martin, Women's Enterprise Centre

Visit their site and register!

UBC SAC Oppurtunities

There is a great opportunity for those of you who might be interested in getting more involved with the AMS! We are currently hiring commissioners for 2008-2009 SAC and FinCom. Here's your chance to see what goes on behind the scenes =D

The following positions are currently open:

SAC Vice Char
SAC Clubs Commissioner
SAC Bookings Commissioner
SAC Special Projects Commissioner
SAC Building and Facilities Commissioner
SAC Art Gallery Commissioner
Associate Vice President, Finance
Business Operations Coordinator, Finance Commission
Job descriptions and information on how to apply are located here: http://www.amsubc.ca/index.php/ams/opportunities_list/P0/

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE APRIL 11, 2008!!!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Dreams for Women - Week Eight!












Here is the 8th official week of the Dreams for Women art project. Someone was asking the other day where the 8th week was... and I just wanted to remind readers that we currently only post postcards every second week! We're hoping to post them every week but we need your help! So get some friends together and make some postcards and send them in!

First Week





Seventh Week


Also, here's another link to the movie!




Antigone Magazine is launching a Feminist Postcard art project! We want to know what your Dreams for Women are.What are your own dreams for yourself, your friends, your sisters, your daughters? Paint, draw, write, sketch or decoupage your dreams on a postcard and send it to the address below:


Antigone Magazine
C/O WILLA UBC
Box 61-6138 SUB Boulevard
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6T 1Z1

OR

With your postcard submission, we ask that you make a donation (if you can!) to Antigone Magazine for anywhere from $1 to $10. You can send your money along with your postcard or donate on our blog: http://www.antigonemagazine.blogspot.com/ .

But don't worry... if you don't have the money, just send along the postcard and tell people about this program.

What is Antigone Magazine? We're a grassroots national magazine that works to encourage young women to get involved in politics in Canada. We work to empower young women to engage politically and civically and to actively take part in leadership roles.We are raising the money in order to help launch the Antigone Foundation, a national foundation that will encourage young women aged 10-30 to get politically and civically engaged. Help support Antigone as we help to make the dreams of young women come true!

Friday, April 4, 2008

No Laughing Matter - Margaret Mitchell's Memoir

Margaret Mitchell, MP for Vancouver East from 1979-1993 has published her memoirs in No Laughing Matter: Adventure, Activism & Politics.

The title of the book comes from Mitchell's own experience broaching the issue of marital abuse. As she writes, "On May 12th I rose in the House to raise the urgent need for government action on a serious and widespread issue. 'The parliamentary report on battered wives states that one in ten Canadian husbands beat their wives regularly,' I began. Before I could continue, an uproar of male shouts and laughter erupted, making it impossible for me to be heard. A nearby Tory joked, 'I don't beat my wife. Do you, George?' When the Speaker finally got order, I rose again in fury. 'Madam Speaker, I do not think this is a laughing matter. What action will the Minister responsible for the Status of Women undertake immediately at the federal level to protect battered women?'"

Having led an extraordinary life of political work, traveling and activism Mitchell's book is worth a look for anyone wanting to examine Canada's history or be inspired to create its future.

The book is published by Granville Island Publishing, 2007

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Theories of Subjectivity: Art Project

Students from WMST 328: THEORIES OF SUBJECTIVITY have
created wonderful and inspiring art projects (sculptures, masks,
paintings, quilts, music, and much more...).
Please come to WAGS (Women and Gender Studies Center) to have a look at them. Also, they will be on display at the Women's centre on April the 10th from 1:00-2:30.

Peace Girl!

Peace Girl


A Fundraiser for Northern Uganda

Thursday, 10 April 2008 - 5:00pm

Liu Institute for Global Issues, Multipurpose Room

Co-sponsored by:
UBC's Centre for Women's and Gender Studies
Women's and Gender Studies Undergraduate Program
Department of Anthropology
Africa Awareness
International Relations Students Association
Liu Institute for Global Issues



Peace Girl is an action research and youth leadership initiative led
by a committed group of researchers, students and photographers.

As many conflict-affected countries transition to peace, girls forced
to become sexual slaves to rebels and military groups are left to
pick up the pieces. Many are stigmatized and forced to live alone.
Some brave girls refuse to believe this is what it means to be human.
They fight everyday for their rights and for that of their children
born of rape. Peace Girl supports them. Channelling funds to
grassroots peer support groups, it creates new opportunities for
young girls and women to take leadership roles in their communities.
Through life histories and creative communications, Peace Girl
documents their knowledge and experiences of war and identifies ways
to promote their reintegration in communities and leadership in
rebuilding their countries.

This fundraiser will feature an evening of photos, audiovisuals and
stories about girl soldiers in northern Uganda, with compelling
discussion by the project leaders.
The year 2008 will see resources directed to girls and women in
northern Uganda, where the civil war between the Lord's Resistance
Army (LRA) and Government of Uganda has resulted in the mass
abduction of tens of thousands of girls who are forced to become
combatants and sexual slaves.

This summer, UBC alumna Letha Victor has volunteered to travel to
Uganda and conduct ethnographic research with members of grassroots
associations, collecting life histories and insights into questions
about violence, war economies, justice and reconciliation, and
political leadership. The objective is to create a newspaper article
to raise awareness of the lives of former girl soldiers and to assess
the potential of develop methods for future research.

Can't make it? Find out how you can help by visiting us at
www.peacegirl.moonfruit.com