First Pan-Canadian Gathering of Young Feminists in Montréal



    MONTREAL, Sept. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The first pan-Canadian gathering of
young feminists, Toujours RebELLEs!/Waves of Resistance, will be held in
Montréal from October 11-13, 2008. The organizing committee(1) for this
first-of-its-kind event will host more than 400 young women and feminists aged
between 14 and 35 from across the country who are converging in Montreal to
meet, organize, network and collectivize the means to organize successfully.
Activities scheduled during the weekend gathering: thematic workshops about
different issues of concern to women, creative resistance workshops,
encounters with international guests and a show featuring young feminist
performers. This dynamic event, which is taking place at the Université du
Québec à Montréal (UQAM), will culminate with participants' adoption of a
feminist manifesto.

    Feminism is alive and kicking from sea to sea to sea

    Encouraged by the successful gathering of young Québec feminists in
Montréal in 2003, S'unir pour être rebelles, young feminists are now hoping
that Toujours RebELLEs ! / Waves of resistance will help to consolidate links
among young feminists throughout Canada. The young Canadian women who come to
Montréal will reflect the diversity, visions, practices and struggles of the
Canadian feminist movement.

    Toujours RebELLEs/Waves of Resistance to the attacks on women's rights!

    In 2008, hypersexualization, domestic violence, sexual assault and sex
trafficking are still ravaging Canadian society. Threats to the advancement of
women's equality rights are multiplying: budget cuts to Status of Women
Canada, draft legislation that would undermine women's right to abortion, the
promotion of traditional women's roles, and mounting antifeminism are just a
few examples. On October 11, 12 and 13, young participants in the pan-Canadian
gathering will RebELLE against the injustices faced by Canadian women and rise
in resistance against the neoliberal, conservative and sexist values so
prevalent in our society.
    For more information on the Toujours RebELLEs ! / Waves of resistance
gathering, visit the event's official website at www.rebelles2008.org.


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    (1) The organizing committee for Toujours RebELLES/Waves of Resistance is
    composed of young feminists from the Carrefour de participation,
    ressourcement et formation, women's committee of the Association pour une
    solidarité syndicale étudiante, youth committee of the Fédération des
    femmes du Québec, young feminists committee of the Y des femmes de
    Montréal, the Conseil central du Montréal Métropolitain (CSN), Groupe
    F.E.M.M.E.S. sororitaires and Power Camp National/Filles d'action.




For further information:

For further information: Stéfany Ranger, LCOM Communication, (514)
393-3178, 1-877-393-3178, cellulaire: (514) 554-3122; Source: Carrefour de
participation, ressourcement et formation; Centre des femmes de Verdun;
Women's committee of the Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante;
Youth Committee of the Fédération des femmes du Québec; Young feminists'
committee of the YWCA of Montreal; Conseil central du Montréal Métropolitain
(CSN); Groupe F.E.M.M.E.S. sororitaires; Power Camp National/Girls in action

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