In Canada, 1/3 of menstruators under 25 have struggled to pay for period products. Along with many other countries, the Canadian government has not recognized these fundamental necessities as such. This is evident through the federal government's luxury of 1991, also known as the “pink tax” which treated sanitary products as luxury items rather than necessities. This tax points to the gender inequality at play; through this tax, not only were period products made inaccessible, but Canada racked in $37 million from menstruators. It was not until 2015, which is when the #notaxontampons campaigns occured, that it was removed.
Following the Black Lives Matter protests this summer, many were concerned that the movement would not translate into meaningful change. Transitional justice is a step that can be taken by the US to keep the rallying cries of the summer alive.
Environmental injustice and racial injustice tend to be recognized as separate issues, therefore Bill C-230, which puts them in conversion with one another, is crucial. However, this bill is only our starting point and there is a long ways to go.
If there is no meaningful action taken, China risks becoming another country on a list that remains too long to begin with. The costs of this failure will, most likely, be borne first and foremost by Uighur women.
The government is failing to provide sufficient support for houseless individuals, causing shelters to plummet into “constant crisis mode.” As a result, the situation is worsening because unhoused people are living in even more precarious situations than before.
In a U.S. ICE detention centre, Irwin County Detention Centre, migrant women are undergoing forced sterilizations. Approaching this with the skepticism that ICE is hoping for, would dismiss America’s long history of eugenic practices and ask us to not believe the simple abuse of human rights that is now occurring in Georgia.