Group denounces 'Les Janette' on values
A group of 22 prominent Quebec women has fired back at the media campaign launched by Quebec star Janette Bertrand in favor of the Parti Québécois' controversial values charter.
The group issued an open letter on the Pour un Québec Inclusif website, expressing their "sincere disappointment" at the "Janettes'" reaction to the charter.
In particular, they take issue with the notion that equality between the sexes can be achieved by imposing a ban on religious symbols — the most controversial aspect of the charter.
"It is true that monotheistic religions have historically been exploited by men to dominate women," the letter says, "but...many women are reclaiming their religion, precisely in order to counter the influence that men have always had on them. In this respect, it is staggering to see the refusal of certain people to conceive that feminine emancipation can take different forms, including religious."
Among the prominent women who signed the letter — journalist and former McGill chancellor Gretta Chambers, Idle No More activist Widia Larivière, and feminist educator Greta Hofmann Nemiroff.