Through a close examination of employment, education, transportation, telecommunications and health care, About Canada: Disability Rights explores the landscape of disability rights in Canada and finds that, while important advances have been made, Canadians with disabilities still experience significant barriers in obtaining their human rights.


This research study investigates how trade in health services and assistive devices affected women with disabilities and how women entrepreneurs with disabilities access trade services and information. The report takes a historical perspective, examining changes over the past decade and identifying obstacles and benefits for women with disabilities from trade relationships. The report recommends concrete measures that can be undertaken by governments and private sector organizations to address these concerns.

Editors: Deborah Stienstra and Aileen Wight-Felski, 2003

Written by and for Canadians with disabilities and their communities, Making Equality: History of Advocacy and Persons with Disabilities in Canada contests attitudes toward disabled people and their participation in Canadian society.

Editors: Claire Turenne Sjolander, Heather Smith and Deborah Stienstra, 2003

This book examines all the fundamental aspects of Canadian foreign policy from a feminist point of view. The contributions seek to deconstruct the gendered nature of discourse on and about Canadian foreign policy. The goal of the collection is, first, to deconstruct the dominant concepts of the discourse surrounding Canadian foreign policy as articulated by key government officials and agencies. The second goal is to consider the practices of foreign policies, that is, to ask how the discourse becomes, creates, ignores, silences, and limits particular policy practices and ways of thinking and doing.

Deborah Stienstra and Barbara Roberts, 1995

How well has Canada measured up to its obligations under the two agreements it signed during the UN Decade of Women? The authors of this book detail the terms of the conventions (the Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the Forward Looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women by the Year 2000) and have painstakingly chronicled the progress the provincial, territorial, and federal governments have made towards fulfilling their legal obligations in areas such as women’s participation in decision-making, childcare, violence against women and so on. All levels of governments are found wanting.


Using 150 years of women's history, this book details how women have organized into global movements which have shaped and challenged how international organizations consider gender. It argues that traditional ways of analysing international relations have ignored women's contributions because their tools are gender-exclusive. After developing a gender analysis, this book brings to light many contributions from women's movements especially related to the League of Nations and United Nations, and puts these in the context of changes in the global political economy.

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