Making Peace Vigil

Standing up for peace


Posted by strattof on March 7, 2013

Friday March 8 is International Women’s Day. First observed in 1911, International Women’s Day is an occasion for celebrating women’s social, economic, and political achievements.

Because we still live in a world of gender inequality, it is also a time for reflecting on the action required for more progress to be made toward realizing gender equality. There are many challenges ahead.


 1.         More women than men live in poverty in Canada. In Saskatchewan, one in every eight women is poor, while for men it’s one in every eleven.

 2.         Women earn less than men in Canada. Women who work full time, year round, earn only 81 cents for every dollar earned by men.

 3.         60% of minimum wage workers in Canada are women. The minimum wage in Saskatchewan in $10 an hour.

 4.         Only 39% of unemployed women are receiving EI benefits. 45% of unemployed men collect.

 5.         Women do more than 80% of the unpaid care giving in Canada.

 6.         In a 2008 UNICEF study of 25 wealthy nations, Canada placed last in the ranking of early childcare and education services offered.

 7.         In the business sector, women make up 47% of Canada’s work force, but fill just 17% of corporate officer positions in Canada’s 500 largest organizations.

 8.         Women constitute 50.4% of Canada’s population, but hold only 24.7% of the seats in the House of Commons. Canada ranks 45th in the world in representation of women in the national parliament, behind many poor countries, including Rwanda and Afghanistan.

9.         51% of Canadian women have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16.

10.     Canada came 21st on the World Economic Forum’s 2012 global gender equality index. The index measures how the world’s countries share their resources and opportunities among their male and female populations. It shows that, in terms of gender equality, Canada was in 14th place in 2006 when the World Economic Forum first started to compile the index.


  • A Canadian born baby girl has a 50% chance of being sexually or physically abused in her lifetime.
  • Every six days in Canada, on average, a woman is murdered by her husband or boyfriend.
  • The rate of violence against women in Saskatchewan is more than double the national rate.
  • Saskatchewan has the highest rate among the provinces of violence against women.
  • Saskatchewan has the highest rate among the provinces of violence against girl children and teens.
  • Regina has the second highest rate among cities of violence against women by an intimate partner.
  • Regina has the highest rate of serious sexual assaults among other cities.


  • There are 582 recorded cases of missing or murdered Indigenous girls and women in Canada.
  • Of these, 67% are murder cases. In other words, most of the women (393) were murdered.
  • The number of murdered Indigenous women in Canada is disproportionately high. While Indigenous women make up only 3% of Canada’s female population, they represent approximately 10% of all female homicides.
  • Young Indigenous women are 5 times more likely than other women of the same age to die as a result of violence.
  • 60% of the women and girls were killed in an urban area, 27% in rural areas, and 13% on-reserve.
  • 16.5% of the women were killed by a stranger. Only 6% of non-Indigenous women are killed by strangers. Indigenous women are almost 3 times more likely to be killed by a stranger than non-Indigenous women.
  • Only 53% of the cases involving murder have been solved, compared to 84% of all murder cases across the country.



  • 2 screenings of documentary film Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women: 6 pm & 8 pm, Research and Innovation Centre 119, University of Regina. Admission is free.


  • Screening of documentary Raising Voices, a film about women leading the way for change and ending HIV/AIDs transmission, with speakers from the AIDs Program, South Saskatchewan: 1 – 4 pm, Language Institute Theatre, LI 215, University of Regina. Admission is free.
  • Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers International Women’s Day Concert, presenting Jeffery Straker: 7:30 pm, Westminster United Church, 3025 13th Avenue. This is a fundraising event. Tickets are $30 and are available at Ten Thousand Villages, Cobb Swanson Music, and Bach and Beyond.


Free streaming by the National Film Board of Canada of Karen Cho’s award-winning documentary Status Quo? The Unfinished


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