Not sure whether the focus is on our lives in academia. If not, the most terrible and egregious act of "sexism" this month was the Harper government's decision regarding the "renewal" of funding for Sisters in Spirit, a Native Women's Association of Canada initiative that has documented 582 missing and murdered aboriginal women and is developing policy recommendations on violence against aboriginal women. In true Harper style, the feds reduced (by 1/3) funding for the next five years and made "renewal" subject to the following conditions: that the initiative be called Evidence in Action and not Sisters in Spirit; that their well recognized Grandmother Moon logo not be used; that they cease doing "research" on the missing and murdered women (to focus on action); and that they not maintain their database. This is in true Harper style -- silence the critics who call attention to the persistence of systemic problems. But somehow, this is even more repugnant. Let's make the very problem of the missing and murdered women just disappear too. Let's ban even the effort to document.
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