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Most of what is known about gang activity and involvement centres around men. With the exception of some media reports, female gang members have remained mostly invisible in research about gangs, and in gang prevention and intervention programs, a new study has found. The "Invisible" Gang Members: A Report on Female Gang Association in Winnipeg was written by Melanie Nimmo for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Manitoba. It is based on in-depth interviews with representatives from criminal justice, social services, and community-based agencies.
Introduction The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is an independent, non-profit research institute dedicated to producing and promoting economic and social policy research of importance to Canadians and British Columbians. Our activities support the efforts of individuals and organizations working towards social, economic, and environmental justice. We appreciate this opportunity to respond to the Ministry's discussion paper on economic security and pay equity for the women of British Columbia.
Ottawa--Poverty is still a women's issue - even though people no longer seem to be talking about it. Almost 19% of adult women in Canada are poor. That's the highest rate of women's poverty in two decades. In A Report Card on Women and Poverty, prepared for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, economist Monica Townson found that, since 1980, the percentage of women living in poverty has been climbing steadily. Women remain among the poorest of the poor, says Townson. And recent government policies have contributed to the growing poverty of women, she notes.
No one is surprised, these days, to encounter a female doctor, lawyer or accountant. Erasing occupational barriers for women was one of the aims of the feminist revolution of the 1970s and '80s, and in many ways it succeeded. But why is it still easier for a woman to be a lawyer than a carpenter? A university professor than an electrician? A doctor than a crane operator?
(Vancouver) The face of labour is changing, and the Vancouver Island Highway Project offers a Labour Day lesson for the future, according to a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.