Men are being housed in women’s prisons and the Canadian government doesn’t care

On Saturday, women gathered at Fraser Valley Institution, a prison in Abbotsford, BC, to protest the housing of men in women’s prisons. Since Bill C-16 passed in Canada, men who identify as transgender have been permitted to transfer to female prisons. Yet the Liberal government won’t address women’s concerns about this. In this episode, I speak with Heather Mason, a founding member of Canadian Women’s Sex-Based Rights (CaWsbar) and a former prisoner herself, as well as Alia Pierini, who spoke at the event and is also a former prisoner, as well as an advocate for women in prison and a member of Strength in Sisterhood (SIS), about their work and what these “inclusion” policies mean for women in prison.

Men are being housed in women's prisons and the Canadian government doesn't care
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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist from Vancouver, BC. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, Quillette, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and is now exiled in Mexico with her very photogenic dog.