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  • DWB
    February 19, 2013 - 11:14

    Although for me personally the idea of violence against women and girls is quite foreign, the reality was brought home to me by a friend who works with the Association for New Canadians in St. John’s. My friend, recently had an orientation visit with a highly educated mid thirties woman from an African country who managed to make her way to Canada and specifically St. John’s. Living in Pleastanville, the African woman noticed many army trucks and Canadian soldiers in the area where she lived. Her very first question to my friend in a very matter of fact manner was, “will they rape me?” That is such a sad reality. What is unheard of in Canada for soldiers to harm citizens is commonplace in other countries.

  • Doug Smith
    February 17, 2013 - 12:19

    Just a brief note: promoting a do nothing attitude or policy toward the sexual discrimination of women; which seems to be what Mr. Bob Hannaford is suggesting, only results in perpetuating the second class status of females and the violent behaviour they are subjected to. An enlightened populace needs to shine a spotlight on each and every organization that does not treat women and girls equally . The Canadian justice system must be required to right the wrongs of society regarding females and that includes the “old boys club” known as the Roman Catholic Church. Doug Smith,GFW

  • Herb Morrison
    February 16, 2013 - 19:31

    Well-said Mr. Hannaford

  • Bob Hannaford
    February 16, 2013 - 11:30

    A very sobering article, Ms. Frampton. Violence in our world is alarming, especially against females. Raging against religious organizations or other specific groups nor taking legal action will stop these atrocities against humanity. What, I believe, can work is if each and everyone of us makes up our mind to become role models for everyone to whom we interact in any way. Let each of us practice love, compassion and respect for everyone and maybe, just maybe, it will ripple out throughout the world. Let it begin with us.

  • Doug Smith
    February 16, 2013 - 09:55

    Excellent column Ms. Frampton, you made it very clear that women still have a ways to go before reaching equality with men. Your examples of atrocities committed against women in foreign countries is very chilling. Canada also has some work to do in the way women are treated . Every large town and city in the country has a women’s shelter, where they can hideout from males that have beaten the living daylights out of them and or have threatened their lives. Canada also has institutionalized discrimination against females as perpetrated by the Roman Catholic Church. Women are not allowed to hold any position of authority based solely on the fact they are female. Actually, I think Catholic women should take the Church to court as this is an open and shut case of blatant sex discrimination. What message is being sent to women and girls? Well, the message is simple, males are first class and females are second class. Doug Smith, GFW

  • No Longer Silent
    February 16, 2013 - 07:41

    It is not just in China/India that baby girls are aborted for being girls. This is also very real in Canada, especially as it pertains to ethnic groups that prefers boys. In Canada a mother can abort her baby for any reason at any time. It is about time that the Canadian law is changed to prevent things like this.

  • Herb Morrison
    February 16, 2013 - 07:33

    Very effectively written column, Ms. Frampton. As long as we live in a Province where, in certain quarters, I have heard women described as being "nice pieces of gear," there is much work to be done to insure gender equality, personal dignity, and personal safety for women.

  • Stephen D Redgrave
    February 16, 2013 - 07:29

    I agree with every word Pam has written and the United Nation stand is very clear as well. Please lets not forget that Newfoundland children are also being raped with violence within family groups that often protect the offender. I know this is a fact that leaves a bad taste in everyone's mouth, but the problem is much bigger than the average person is willing to accept. Children, for a variety of reasons , will not tell anyone when they are raped, as long as there are no visible bruises...it can go on for years undetected. Lets focus our attention right here at home...for our children's sake, don't assume it's a third world problem.