Women’s and Gender Studies

Rights of Aboriginal women subject of Tuesday discussion

Until 1985, First Nations women who married non-status men lost their status under Canada’s Indian Act, even though men who married non-status women were able to pass their status on to their wives and children. The effects of this discrimination are still being felt in many communities today.

In a free public event, “Aboriginal Women v. Canada,” Jeannette Corbière Lavell and Dawn Lavell Harvard discuss the losses experienced by First Nations women and their children as a result of gender discrimination in the Indian Act.

Panel to discuss gender and religious equity issues

Questions of balancing religious and legal rights are the focus of a panel discussion Friday, entitled “Legislating What Women Can Wear: The Niqab in the Courtroom.”

Three panelists will discuss a current case before the Supreme Court of Canada involving a Muslim sexual assault victim who refused to remove her full face veil during courtroom testimony.

Events to celebrate the Women Behind The Charter

The Distinguished Visitor in Women’s Studies program this year will honour a diverse group—activists whose struggles helped to enshrine gender equality in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“Their vision and determination have made it possible for us to live in a country that values fairness and justice for women,” says Anne Forrest, director of the women’s studies program.

Women’s studies instructor taking cheerleading team to new heights

Cheerleading is not about standing on the sidelines, says a UWindsor women’s studies instructor.

“Competitive cheerleading has developed into an active sport that combines gymnastics and athletics,” says Cheryl McCurdy-Ducre. “It is very empowering.”

Founder of the Northstar Cheer program, she will accompany a senior all-girl team to Virginia Beach for a US finals competition May 5 and 6. Members of the Northstar Freez won paid entrance to the competition, but must still cover travel expenses.

Grants available for research into violence against women

The Health Research Centre for the Study of Violence Against Women offers research grants for up to $500 for graduate student research on topics related to violence against women.

The spring 2012 deadline has been extended to April 15. Calls for applications will also be made in the fall with a deadline of November 15.

The application is available on the centre’s Web site. For more information, contact Patti A. Timmons Fritz at pfritz@uwindsor.ca.

Dark comedy combines gender politics and sexual scandal

A UWindsor history professor says that a staged reading of his new play, The Metropolitan, combines his own area of research with nursing, drama and social justice.

“It’s a great University of Windsor story where you can get these inter-disciplinary collaborations that are products of a close-knit campus,” says Steven Palmer, who holds the Canada Research Chair in History of International Health.

Reception to launch book on history of Black Canadian women

book coverIn her book Moving Beyond Borders: A History of Black Canadian and Caribbean Women in the Diaspora, historian Karen Flynn uses oral narratives to examine the experiences of Black women who trained as nurses in Windsor and Chatham hospitals following the Second World War.