There is a very important vote going on at Calgary City Council this Monday. It is a vote to significantly improve the secondary suites process city-wide. Many people will agree that this process has been a long time coming.
Hence, why we have this petition. This is a petition you can sign to support secondary suites in Calgary. It is called We Support Secondary Suites. The site will give you some information on the issues. It will also link you to a couple of websites. I’ll include them here.
The first one is this. A link from the City of Calgary on Secondary Suites and their current guidelines.
The second one is here. It is an investigation on Secondary Suites in Calgary.
I will add one more article. This is a news story explaining some of the concerns around secondary suites.
After looking at this, would you sign the petition?
This article has been going around Facebook a little bit.
There are some people that have been very impressed by how Sweden has dealt with prostitution. As an example, within the last five years Stockholm, the number of women in prostitution have been reduced by two thirds. And the number of johns has been reduced by 80%.
As well as something in their law which says this; This according to the article.
“In Sweden prostitution is regarded as an aspect of male violence against women and children. It is officially acknowledged as a form of exploitation of women and children and constitutes a significant social problem… gender equality will remain unattainable so long as men buy, sell and exploit women and children by prostituting them.”
I’m going to let you read the article, which outlines what has happened quite comprehensively why this works. Then, I will ask you this question.
Can this concept work here in Canada? Or, is this too simplistic of an idea for a complex problem?
It’s Emma Watson speech to the U.N. about women’s rights. To sum her speech, she has invited, and encouraged, men to be a part of the conversation. She encouraged men to express their sensivity and be themselves.
Now as a man I have a bit of a …..reputation….in coming across sensitive. I’m ok with that because it is true. I also have spoke for equality. As one simple example, I find it ridiculous that in 2014, there are still issues and a debate about equal work and equal pay.
However, also as a man, one of the points that Emma made is there have been times our participation hasn’t been welcome by some. It might be because we men have made many, many inappropriate comments. Fair enough. However, I know that there are men that want to speak properly into this.
My question, or questions if you will,to you is this. How should men speak into this conversation? How do we make valuable conversation into the legitimate concerns women have expressed over the years? How do we help move the conversation forward?