International Women’s Day highlights gender discrimination – Manitoulin Expositor

by ahnationtalk on March 8, 2018180 Views

A call for Anishinaabe-kwe to resist being forced from their homes

March 8 is International Women’s Day. The United Nations’ theme for 2018 is ‘Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives.’ The UN will bring attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who form a majority of the 43 percent of women in the agricultural labour force worldwide. Rural women also make up over a quarter of the world population, 1.9 billion in a world population of 7.6 billion people. There are 370 million indigenous people around the world.

Closer to home, Statistics Canada states that aboriginal females make up four percent of the total female population in Canada. In 2011, there were 718,500 aboriginal women and girls in Canada, of whom 61 percent were First Nations. By 2011, 36 percent or 158,240 First Nations women and girls were living on reserves. The aboriginal female population grew by 20 percent between 2006 and 2011, and could increase to between 987,000 and 1,316,000 by 2036.

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