We Call on Interim Liberal PEI Leader Robert Mitchell to Resign from the Leadership

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Pat Tinkess
2 years ago
I’m a woman, 70 years old. When I was 29 and a mother of 3, I was required to have my husband’s signature on a request for a tubelligation (sp)? Women need to right to make choices about their bodies!

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Anita Kanitz
2 years ago
"Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong."
- Ella Fitzgerald

"The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me."
-Ayn Rand

"To the doubters and naysayers and everyone who gave me hell and said I could not, that I would not or I must not – your resistance made me stronger, made me push harder, made me the fighter that I am today. It made me the woman that I am today. So thank you."

“All the bloodsheds in human history have been caused by men, not women.”
― Abhijit Naskar, The Bengal Tigress: A Treatise on Gender Equality

Horrible crimes against women, girls, female childs:

Kelly Anne Bates., 17 years old, 1996, Great Britain:

Kelly Anne Bates was brutally tortured and murdered by her partner Patterson Smith in what has been described as “a catalogue of depravity by one human being upon another”. For a period of about four weeks, Patterson inflicted numerous injuries to the imprisoned Kelly which included burns, beatings, stabbings, and even gouging of the eyes. The scene of this crime was so horrific, that the jurors had to receive professional counseling to help them deal with the distress of seeing the photographs of Bates’ injuries and the “sickening violence” of the case. Smith was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1997.

As many as 1 in 3 of the women that are murdered each year is by the hands of a current or former lover. At a glance, the murder of Kelly Anne Bates may seem to be just another sad statistic. A young girl was charmed by her much older partner, hid the abuse from her friends and family until one day things were taken too far and her abuser took her life. At the surface, her story is all too common, yet what sets this case apart from others is the manner in which she was killed and what has earned this case the title of “The Most Horrific Murder in England’s History.”

Carlie Jane Brucia, 11 year old, 2004, U.S.:

Joseph P. Smith sexually battered and murdered Carlie Jane Brucia on February 1, 2004 after kidnapping her from a car wash near her home in Sarasota, Florida. Five days after, Smith was arrested and eventually tried for first-degree murder. He was sentenced to death by lethal injection.
The kidnapping case became famous after a surveillance video showing the girl surfaced. The video, taken from a security camera located behind a car wash, shows Brucia being confronted by a man, later identified as Smith, who then grabbed her arm and led her away toward a car that was spotted on another camera. The video was shown nationwide and spurred a massive manhunt for the abductor.

Cheryl Araujo case, 21 years old, 1983, U.S.:
Cheryl Araujo was gang raped in New Bedford, Massachusetts at the age of 21 in 1983. The incident took place in a local tavern where few men forced her and brutally raped her on a pool table. Eventually, she fought off the attackers and ran almost naked right into the street, screaming.
She was rescued by some students passing by, who took her to the nearest hospital. This is one of the few cases in which the name of a rape victim was disclosed openly, causing serious tension among the media worldwide. She died after a few years in a car crash.

Murder and rape of Heather Rich, 16 years old, 1996, U.S.:
On October 2, 1996, Heather Rich was gang raped on a remote bridge in Texas at midnight. Rich was a 16-year-old girl from sophomore high school in Waurika, Oklahoma. She was driven to the crime location by three young men, two of them her schoolmates. She went to her boyfriend’s, where he had already been drinking with his friends.
Rich was in a state of severe intoxication following a session of heavy drinking, when she was sexually assaulted and raped by two of the men while semi-conscious, with the third her boyfriend also admitting sex but claiming Rich had consented. Fearing a rape prosecution, Gambill decided to kill her and persuaded the others to help him. Rich was shot nine times on the bridge, and her body dumped in the creek.

The murder of Oksana Makar, 2012, 18 years old, Ukraine:

Oksana Makar was a few months away from her 19th birthday when she was gangraped by three men in Mykolaiv, Ukraine in March, 2012.
However, Makar's agony did not end there. Her assailants attempted to strangle her after the rape, and later moved her to a deserted construction site, where she was set on fire alive. Makar, after burning for hours, was discovered the next morning, still breathing. Two weeks later, she succumbed to her injuries from the burn and smoke inhalation. As per reports, since unmarried, she was buried in a wedding dress.

The murder Of Junko Furuta, 17 years old, 1988, Japan:
Furuta, a few days after turning 17, was kidnapped by four young adults on November 12, 1988, who then kept her captive in a house owned by one of the culprits, in Adachi, Tokyo.
The four men, post-rape, tortured Furuta for the following 44 days, until she succumbed to death. According to the statements of her assailants at their trials, Furuta was raped over 400 times, beaten, penetrated with foreign objects including an iron rod and light-bulb, made to her drink her own urine, fed with cockroaches, and burned with cigarette ends. The assailants had also inserted fireworks into her genitals and set them off and cut her nipple out with pliers.
On the 44th day, Furuta was doused with lighter fluid and set alight, the final torture that claimed her life.

The murder of Anita Cobby, 26 years old, 1986, Australia:
The life of Anita Lorraine Cobby was brutally cut short when 18-year-old John Travers and four others decided to slit her throat after taking turns to rape her on February 2, 1986.
Cobby, who was a 26-year-old nurse, was on her way home when she was abducted, dragged through a barbed-wire fence, and raped by Travers and his friends. The medical reports later showed that Cobby had been beaten, kicked and almost decapitated, before her throat was slit open to bleed her to death, which, the medical professionals believe, was done while she was still conscious.

books about male hate crimes against females:

Female Mutilation: The Truth Behind the Horrifying Global Practice of Female Genital Mutilation by Hilary Burrage:
The numbers of girls and women affected around the world are staggering. Death is not an uncommon outcome. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the partial or complete removal of the external female genitals for cultural rather than medical or religious reasons―its origin is unknown. Practitioners believe the procedure enhances the girl’s health, hygiene, chastity, fertility and marriage prospects―the truth is it obliterates sexual pleasure, causes severe health problems and is sometimes fatal. This book covers this controversial cultural practice that is taking place around the world including in Western countries where it is illegal. Read the harrowing stories of women who have been genitally mutilated, their accounts of survival and their determination to end this injustice. Find out what is being done to combat this crime against women from those committed to see change.
(Hilary Burrage)

Daddy's Curse: A Sex Trafficking True Story of a 8-Year Old Girl by Luke G Dahl:
Daddy’s Curse –A Human Trafficking True Story That Will Change The Way You Think

Have you ever experienced total despair? Yuna was just an eight year old girl when she experienced total devastation. Growing up in the Mongolian countryside, she wasn’t ready to face the darker side of the world. And yet she had to.

After she was kidnapped by an organized crime gang, Yuna had to overcome her fears at a young age and start taking care of herself. She tried to escape from slavery, but everybody that she encountered wanted to take advantage of her. Yuna and other girls just like her were constantly abused, beaten, raped and sold as sex slaves. Human trafficking is the worst kind of humiliation, especially for a young woman. She tried to escape and find freedom, but it wasn’t easy.

In this emotional and heart-shattering true story, author Luke G. Dahl will let you behind the curtains of sex trafficking gangs and into the soul of abused women, who try to glue the broken pieces of their soul together, in order to survive. By understanding what they have had to endure, you can find a new perspective and respect for life.

Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Islamic Law by Nonie Darwish:
Nonie Darwish lived for thirty years in a majority Muslim nation. Everything about her life?family, sexuality, hygiene, business, banking, contracts, economics, politics, social issues, everything?was dictated by the Islamic law code known as Sharia.

But Sharia isn't staying in majority Muslim nations. Darwish now lives in the West and brings a warning; the goal of radical Islam is to bring Sharia law to your country. If that happens, the fabric of Western law and liberty will be ripped in two. Under Sharia law:

A woman can be beaten for talking to men who are not her relatives and flogged for not wearing a headdress
Daughters, sisters, and wives can be legally killed by the men in their family
Non-Muslims can be beheaded, and their Muslim killers will not receive the death penalty
Certain kinds of child molestation are allowed
The husband of a "rebellious" wife can deny her medical care or place her under house arrest

Think it can't happen? In 2008, England?once the seat of Western liberty and now the home of many Muslim immigrants?declared that Sharia courts in Britain have the force of law.

When Muslim populations reach as little as 1 or 2 percent, says Darwish, they begin making demands of the larger community, such as foot-level faucets for washing before praying in public schools, businesses, and airports. "Airports in Kansas City, Phoenix, and Indianapolis are among those who have already installed foot baths for Muslim cab drivers," writes Darwish. These demands test how far Westerners will go in accommodating the Muslim minority. How far will they push? The Organization of the Islamic Conference works to Islamize international human rights laws and apply Sharia "standards" for blasphemy to all nations. The penalty for blasphemy? Death.

Weaving personal experience together with extensive documentation and research, Darwish exposes the facts and reveals the global threat posed by Sharia law. Anyone concerned about Western rights and liberties ignores her warning and analysis at their peril.

The Caged Virgin: An Emancipation Proclamation for Women and Islam by Ayaan Hirsi Ali:
Muslims who explore sources of morality other than Islam are threatened with death, and Muslim women who escape the virgins' cage are branded whores. So asserts Ayaan Hirsi Ali's profound meditation on Islam and the role of women, the rights of the individual, the roots of fanaticism, and Western policies toward Islamic countries and immigrant communities. Hard-hitting, outspoken, and controversial, The Caged Virgin is a call to arms for the emancipation of women from a brutal religious and cultural oppression and from an outdated cult of virginity. It is a defiant call for clear thinking and for an Islamic Enlightenment. But it is also the courageous story of how Hirsi Ali herself fought back against everyone who tried to force her to submit to a traditional Muslim woman's life and how she became a voice of reform.

Born in Somalia and raised Muslim, but outraged by her religion's hostility toward women, Hirsi Ali escaped an arranged marriage to a distant relative and fled to the Netherlands. There, she learned Dutch, worked as an interpreter in abortion clinics and shelters for battered women, earned a college degree, and started a career in politics as a Dutch parliamentarian. In November 2004, the violent murder on an Amsterdam street of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, with whom Hirsi Ali had written a film about women and Islam called Submission, changed her life. Threatened by the same group that slew van Gogh, Hirsi Ali now has round-the-clock protection, but has not allowed these circumstances to compromise her fierce criticism of the treatment of Muslim women, of Islamic governments' attempts to silence any questioning of their traditions, and of Western governments' blind tolerance of practices such as genital mutilation and forced marriages of female minors occurring in their countries.

Hirsi Ali relates her experiences as a Muslim woman so that oppressed Muslim women can take heart and seek their own liberation. Drawing on her love of reason and the Enlightenment philosophers on whose principles democracy was founded, she presents her firsthand knowledge of the Islamic worldview and advises Westerners how best to address the great divide that currently exists between the West and Islamic nations and between Muslim immigrants and their adopted countries.

An international bestseller -- with updated information for American readers and two new essays added for this edition -- The Caged Virgin is a compelling, courageous, eye-opening work.

In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor's Journey in the Saudi Kingdom by Qanta Ahmed:
"In this stunningly written book, a Western trained Muslim doctor brings alive what it means for a woman to live in the Saudi Kingdom. I've rarely experienced so vividly the shunning and shaming, racism and anti-Semitism, but the surprise is how Dr. Ahmed also finds tenderness at the tattered edges of extremism, and a life-changing pilgrimage back to her Muslim faith." - Gail Sheehy

Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia by
Jean Sasson :
PRINCESS describes the life of Sultana Al Sa'ud, a princess in the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Hidden behind her black veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband and her country.

Sultana tells of appalling oppressions, everyday occurrences that in any other culture would be seen as shocking human rights violations: thirteen-year-old girls forced to marry men five times their age, young women killed by drowning, stoning, or isolation in the "women's room."

PRINCESS is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and courage, and you will never forget her or her Muslim sisters.

A New York Times bestseller, PRINCESS was named one of the 500 Great Books by Women since 1300. It was also an Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club and a Reader's Digest Selection.


"Absolutely riveting and profoundly sad..." --People magazine

"A chilling story...a vivid account of an air-conditioned nightmare..." --Entertainment Weekly

"Must-reading for anyone interested in human rights." --USA Today

"Shocking...candid...sad, sobering, and compassionate..." --San Francisco Chronicle

A Father's Betrayal by Gabriella Gillespie:
Muna and her three sisters were happy children, growing up in Newport South Wales with their English mother and Arabic father. But in 1972 her mother disappeared, setting in motion a chain of events which would forever shatter her seemingly loving family. The young girls would later learn that she had been murdered by their own father. Traumatised and confused, Muna and her sisters were taken abroad under the guise of a holiday, unaware of the horrors that lay ahead. Betrayed by the one person left to protect them, the sisters were unwittingly sold as child brides by their father. Suffering 17 years of horrific abuse at the hands of her father and others, Muna watched helplessly as, one by one, those she loved the most were torn from her, in the most tragic of circumstances. 
 A Father's Betrayal is the unbelievable true story of Muna's desperate battle for survival, on a devastating journey which claimed the lives of her mother and sister, and changed her own life forever.

Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery by
Siddharth Kara :
Since the publication of Sex Trafficking in 2007, Siddharth Kara has continued to travel across countries and continents, documenting the local factors and economic forces that support sexual slavery worldwide. His riveting encounters with victims and traffickers informed his screenplay for Trafficked (2016), now a major motion picture. The film features familiar figures from Sex Trafficking and the shocking conditions of their exploitation. It also includes cases Kara has uncovered since his book debuted.

This new paperback edition of Sex Trafficking includes a preface by Kara in which he discusses his findings and updates the statistics relating to his business and economic analysis of contemporary slavery. After fifteen years, Kara has recorded nearly 900 cases of sex trafficking in forty-one countries and has helped advise on numerous legal, tactical, and policy efforts for abolishing modern-day slavery across the globe. Sex Trafficking continues to lead as a resource for those hoping to expose this hidden evil and eradicate its practice once and for all.

A Brief History of Misogyny: The World's Oldest Prejudice (Brief Histories)by Jack Holland:
In this compelling, powerful book, highly respected writer and commentator Jack Holland sets out to answer a daunting question: how do you explain the oppression and brutalization of half the world's population by the other half, throughout history?

The result takes the reader on an eye-opening journey through centuries, continents and civilizations as it looks at both historical and contemporary attitudes to women. Encompassing the Church, witch hunts, sexual theory, Nazism and pro-life campaigners, we arrive at today's developing world, where women are increasingly and disproportionately at risk because of radicalised religious belief, famine, war and disease. Well-informed and researched, highly readable and thought-provoking, this is no outmoded feminist polemic: it's a refreshingly straightforward investigation into an ancient, pervasive and enduring injustice. It deals with the fundamentals of human existence -- sex, love, violence -- that have shaped the lives of humans throughout history.

The answer? It's time to recognize that the treatment of women amounts to nothing less than an abuse of human rights on an unthinkable scale. A Brief History of Misogyny is an important and timely book that will make a long-lasting contribution to the efforts to improve those rights throughout the world.

Femicide in Global Perspective (Athene Series)by Diana E. H. Russell and Roberta A. Harmes:
This anthology presents knowledge on the international scope of femicide - the killing of females because they are females - and creates awareness and understanding of the politics of global femicide. Contributions analyze examples from Algeria, Canada, Israel and South Africa.

The European Witch-Hunt by Julian Goodare :
The European Witch-Hunt seeks to explain why thousands of people, mostly lower-class women, were deliberately tortured and killed in the name of religion and morality during three centuries of intermittent witch-hunting throughout Europe and North America.

Combining perspectives from history, sociology, psychology and other disciplines, this book provides a comprehensive account of witch-hunting in early modern Europe. Julian Goodare sets out an original interpretation of witch-hunting as an episode of ideologically-driven persecution by the ‘godly state’ in the era of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. Full weight is also given to the context of village social relationships, and there is a detailed analysis of gender issues. Witch-hunting was a legal operation, and the courts’ rationale for interrogation under torture is explained. Panicking local elites, rather than central governments, were at the forefront of witch-hunting. Further chapters explore folk beliefs about legendary witches, and intellectuals’ beliefs about a secret conspiracy of witches in league with the Devil. Witch-hunting eventually declined when the ideological pressure to combat the Devil’s allies slackened. A final chapter sets witch-hunting in the context of other episodes of modern persecution.

This book is the ideal resource for students exploring the history of witch-hunting. Its level of detail and use of social theory also make it important for scholars and researchers.

Being Reshma: The Extraordinary Story of an Acid-Attack Survivor who Took the World by Storm by Reshma Qureshi (Author), Tania Singh (Author) :
On 19 May 2014, as seventeen-year-old Reshma Qureshi left home for the examination centre, everything happened in a flash. The men rushed towards her. Grabbed her. Tugged at her hair. Poured acid on her face. Soon she started to burn like a living corpse. The acid ate through her skin and aimed for her bones, but it could not quell the fire in her heart. Rising from from tragedy and suffering, Reshma soon made global headlines by becoming the first acid-attack survivor to walk the runway at the New York Fashion Week. Now an international anti-acid-sale activist, vlogger, model, and the face of Make Love Not Scars, Reshma works tirelessly towards empowering other acid-attack survivors like herself and has become a beacon of hope for millions. Inspiring and life-affirming, Being Reshma is the extraordinary story of this young girl from the slums of Mumbai, who overcame insurmountable odds in an unjust world and dared to change it.

Orchid Child: My journey from Child Bride to acid attack survivor by Ms Lynn Pereira:
This colourful and descriptive story by acid attack survivor Lynn Pereira is an autobiography of her life and has powerful insights into life before the Vietnam war and after it, as well as fascinating insights into the world of the rich and famous. As a piece of fiction it would be amazing. Yet it is a true story and truly inspirational. It has saved at least one life in its unpublished form and can save more. Orchid Child begins in pre war Vietnam with the sex attack of a girl and swiftly moves on to the bright lights of Las Vegas after she is abandoned and disowned by her American husband who abducts their children. She eventually finds fortune and a new life in London, England where she builds up a successful business from nothing but is blighted once more by an acid attack of monstrous proportions that leaves her disfigured and blind. It took six years in private hospital and over 140 operations to rebuild her face - a face that has cost a million. The former entertainer and model with a talent for stocks and shares has many highs and lows in her life including a reckless showbiz marriage to a pop singer who bleeds her dry financially as well as emotionally. Amazingly the highs outweigh the lows as it leaves Lynn realising that she has many reasons to be positive about life even when experiencing the most horrifying times that are almost impossible to imagine. In writing her story Lynn has realised that her story has the power to heal and she is no longer a victim of life but instead, a victor!

The Stoning of Soraya M.: A Story of Injustice in Iran by Freidoune Sahebjam:
Soraya M.’s husband, Ghorban-Ali, couldn’t afford to marry another woman. Rather than returning Soraya’s dowry, as custom required before taking a second wife, he plotted with four friends and a counterfeit mullah to dispose of her. Together, they accused Soraya of adultery. Her only crime was cooking for a friend’s widowed husband. Exhausted by a lifetime of abuse and hardship, Soraya said nothing, and the makeshift tribunal took her silence as a confession of guilt. They sentenced her to death by stoning: a punishment prohibited by Islam but widely practiced.

Day by day—sometimes minute by minute—Sahebjam deftly recounts these horrendous events, tracing Soraya’s life with searing immediacy, from her arranged marriage and the births of her children to her husband’s increasing cruelty and her horrifying execution, where, by tradition, her father, husband, and sons hurled the first stones. A stark look at the intersection between culture and justice, this is one woman’s story, but it stands for the stories of thousands of women who suffered—and continue to suffer—the same fate. It is a story that must be told.

Burned Alive: A Survivor of an "Honor Killing" Speaks Out by Souad (Author), Marie-Therese Cuny (Collaborator) :
When Souad was seventeen she fell in love. In her West Bank village, as in so many others, sex before marriage is considered a grave dishonor to one's family and is punishable by death. This was her crime. Her brother-in-law was given the task of meting out her punishment. One morning while Souad was washing the family's clothes, he poured gasoline over her and set her on fire. Miraculously, she survived, rescued by women of her village, who put out the flames and took her to a local hospital. Horribly burned over seventy percent of her body and still denounced by her family, Souad was able to receive the care she needed only after the intervention of a European aid worker. Now in permanent exile from her homeland, she has decided to tell her story and reveal the barbarity of a practice that continues to this day. Burned Alive ...is the first true account ever published by a victim of an "honor crime." Souad's inspiring testimony is a shocking, moving, and harrowing story of cruelty and incomparable courage...and an inspiring call to action to end a heinous tradition.

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James Risdon
2 years ago
I disagree completely with the premise of this petition and signed it only to be able to comment on it here. The Supreme Court decision struck down Canada's then-existing abortion law, leaving Canada without any federal law on the books regarding abortion. Although most Canadians think abortion is illegal in the second and third trimesters, this is not the case. The vast majority of Canadians are opposed to abortion in the third trimester and so an abortion law is sorely needed in our democratic to reflect the will of Canadian citizens on this issue. Most Canadians are also unaware that it is now perfectly legal to abort an unborn child simply because he or she is not of the gender preferred by the parents. In some cases, parents prefer having a boy and have aborted unborn girls. Clearly, an abortion law is needed to prevent discrimination against girls - or boys - in sex-selective abortions. But the basic premise for which I oppose this petition is that it presumes to still the voice of a democratically-elected political representative simply because he seems to be pro-life. It is up to no-one except the voters in his area to decide whether Robert Mitchell should be in office. The remedy for the dissatisfaction of the electorate is the ballot box. This idea that democratic elections can or should be circumvented by petitions is preposterous and goes against the very foundations of what makes our country great.

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robin comolli
2 years ago
I am very deeply shocked and dismayed by this politicians behaviour. Keep your opinions about what I should do with my body to yourself and out of the political realm. Resign.

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Jennifer Kerr
2 years ago
The law is behind the right to choose. Stay out of women’s business to do with her body which she feels is safe and healthy for her.

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Sabrina Scott
2 years ago
A womans body is her own business.

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Carlie Botrie
2 years ago
Get outta here, scum

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Ainsley Fraser
2 years ago
I believe that women should ultimately have the right to choose what happens with their bodies. Always.

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Julia Murnaghan
2 years ago
If he doesn’t think women deserve ownership of their own body then he doesn’t deserve to represent us

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Joanna Kirby, RMT
2 years ago
Body autonomy matters.
Consent matters.
Women matter.
Morals matter.
Ethics matter.